TAMPA — Alonso beat Plant for the fourth time in a row over their five meetings this season, this time 2-1 Friday night at home in the Class 6A region semifinals.
Alonso starter Thomas Dorminy overcame some control issues (six walks) but got the big outs when he needed them to throw a three-hit complete game as Alonso (24-5) advances to the region finals to face the West Orange-Olympia winner next week.
"I had a little problem with my fastball," said Dorminy, who also struck out six. "But I was able to get enough strikes and mix up my pitches well."
For Plant (19-11), its only error proved a costly one. With two outs and the score tied at 1 in the fourth inning, a wide throw pulled lunging first baseman Stan Rowe just off the bag. With Rowe on the ground from stretching, Alonso's Brandon Johnson kept running around all the way from second base to score what held up as the winning run.
"We were taking a chance on that one, and it paid off," Alonso coach Landy Faedo said.
With only seven total hits in the game, baserunners were at premium for both teams.
Plant left six runners stranded as Dorminy pitched his way out of jams in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the fifth but Dorminy again worked himself out of trouble, striking out Mike Demo to end the threat.
He then closed the game in the seventh with a pair of strikeouts before leftfielder Shane Bishop made a sliding catch to end Plant's season.