ST. PETERSBURG — For the third year in a row, Canterbury's season came to an end at the hands of Sarasota Christian.
Blazers starting pitcher Tyler Yoder confounded Canterbury batters through seven shutout innings. Yoder yielded just three hits — two of which came in the first inning — and struck out seven to lead Sarasota Christian past the Crusaders 5-0 in a Class A, Region 3 quarterfinal.
"I don't know why, we've been playing really good baseball lately," Canterbury coach John Lancaster said. "We had been putting double figures with hits up the last three or four games."
A listless Canterbury squad had just one base runner advance to third base — that coming in the seventh inning— and saw two runners get picked off.
Sarasota Christian (19-7) scored a run in the first inning on a RBI single from Yoder and brought in two more runs in the second inning when Tyler Moon doubled to the gap in right-centerfield.
In the fifth, Hunter Davis's sacrifice fly scored Yoder to make the score 4-0, and consecutive Canterbury errors in the sixth led to another run.
Brandon Hamilton opened the seventh inning for Canterbury (21-6) with a leadoff single, but Yoder retired the next three batters in order to preserve the shutout.
"They were the better team tonight," Lancaster said.