ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury wasted very little time Thursday in winning its fourth A-11 district title, topping Oldsmar Christian 14-0.
Harrison Hall (7-5) was solid on the mound, giving up just four hits and striking out four.
The Crusaders (15-6) bats came alive early, with Jake Holsinger singling in the first inning, then stealing second base. Ryan Laurant tripled to drive in Holsinger, then a sacrifice fly by Ryan Harbour drove in another run. DeShawn Thomas' single made it 3-0 after the opening inning.
The hits kept coming, as the After ending the second up 7-0, Brent O'Neal tripled to start another furious rally in the third, and the Crusaders went on to score seven runs on eight hits.
The game was stopped due to the 10-run mercy rule after five innings.
"We got whacked," said Oldsmar coach John Burns, whose team fell to 7-11. "We only have one true pitcher, who threw 110 pitches earlier this week. We were beaten by a better ball club."
The Crusaders put on a hit parade, led by Holsinger (3-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base). Laurant and O'Neal also had two base hits, and Thomas chipped in with a hit and two RBIs.
"We swung our bats very well tonight and this is the play that will put you in the state tournament," said Crusaders coach Shawn Brown, who nabbed his first district title.
A-10: Lancers ride rout to title over Bayshore
TAMPA — Cambridge knows that when it hits, good things happen. Bayshore Christian learned that the hard way for the third time this season.
The Lancers (15-7) scored four or more runs in each inning and cruised to a 17-1 mercy-rule win to capture the A-10 title.
The Lancers finished with 12 hits with every starter reaching base at least once.
Justin Dargahi, Times correspondent