Class 6A, district 7
Green Devils edge North Port in semis
St. Petersburg — Kyle Chavez's two-out single in the eighth lifted St. Petersburg past North Port 3-2 on Wednesday and into the final, assuring it a berth in the state playoffs.
"I always want the game in my hands," the senior said. "I thought my high school career can't end already."
"(Chavez) is the kind of guy you want up," Green Devils coach Danny Breece said.
St. Petersburg faces Sarasota, which beat Sarasota Riverview 13-1, in Friday's final.
They scored two in the seventh to tie it. With one out, Chavez singled and scored on Clarence Wilson's triple. Dakota McLean's sac fly tied it.
North Port threatened in the eighth, putting runners on first and third with one out. But the next hitter hit a liner toward third, where Chavez snatched it and doubled off the runner at third to end the inning.
St. Petersburg loaded the bases in its half, and Chavez came through.
Said Chavez: "The momentum carries over from defense to offense."
Nathan Cowan, Times Correspondent