TAMPA — A pair of lower seeds emerged in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinals at Alonso, highlighted by No. 4 St. Petersburg's 6-3 upset of top-seeded Alonso. In the other semifinal, third-seeded Gaither defeated No. 2 Sickles 5-1 on Tuesday.
The Green Devils beat the Ravens, a team that advanced to the region final last season, for the second time this year at the worst time.
St. Petersburg (17-10) jumped on Alonso ace Alex Panteliodis early, as the first five Green Devils reached base and St. Petersburg scoring four runs in the first inning.
"We matched up well against them," coach Stefan Futch said. "The thing about us is that we're battle-tested. We've played Bishop Moore, CCC, Seminole. We're used to playing with the big boys."
Alonso (21-4) had its chance to even the game. It put the leadoff hitter on base in each of the final four innings.
The Ravens had the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth but couldn't score and even after scoring three runs in the fifth, Alonso stranded a runner at third. In the sixth, Panteliodis was doubled up off first on Adam Pendleton's lineout.
For Panteliodis (9-2), his high school career ended with two losses in his last three appearances after a 20-game win streak that dated to his freshman season.
His five earned runs allowed tied a season high.
3A-11: SPC falters
Tampa Catholic, ranked seventh in the 3A state poll, pounded out 13 hits in a 7-2 victory over St. Petersburg Catholic. Brandon Mendoza had two doubles for TC (17-6).
St. Petersburg Catholic (12-13) had one extra-base hit, a double by Kolbe Andrade. The Crusaders face the Berkeley Prep-Clearwater Central Catholic winner in Thursday's championship.
2A-9: IRC, Calvary out
Nathan Diaz doubled twice helping Tampa Prep to an 11-7 win over Indian Rocks Christian. The Terrapins (13-14) face top-seeded Bishop McLaughlin in Thursday's district title game at 7 at Tampa Prep.
In the other semifinal, Calvary Christian committed six errors as Bishop McLaughlin won 18-8 in a game ended after five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Bishop McLaughlin scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth.
A-11: Oldsmar in final
Oldsmar Christian advanced with a 9-7 victory over Citrus Park Christian. Jared Merritt recorded his second save of the season and had a triple for the Eagles (8-5). Oldsmar Christian will play top-seeded Canterbury in Thursday's championship.