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Class 5A baseball: Armwood takes down Brandon 5-3

SEFFNER — It has been quite a week for Armwood's Robert Benincasa.

The Hawks defeated Central on Tuesday to open the playoffs, Benincasa committed to Florida State on Thursday, and he completed the trifecta Friday as he picked up the complete-game 5-3 win against Brandon in the Class 5A region semifinals.

"This just feels so good right now," he said. "I just tried to go out there and put my team in a position to win the game and advance."

Armwood hasn't been this deep into the postseason since 2000.

"I knew we could do this when we started up in the fall," Hawks coach Mike Wrenn said. "We won the (University of Tampa) and St. Leo tournaments and beat some pretty well-known clubs in the area. That gave the kids a lot of confidence."

Benincasa improved to 11-0, setting the Armwood record for most wins in a season. The senior right-hander admittedly didn't have his best stuff, scattering seven hits and striking out seven while walking none.

Trailing 1-0, Armwood (24-5) exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third to knock out Brandon starter Cory Schools.

Brandon (21-7) battled back with a pair of runs in the fifth, but Benincasa shut down the Eagles the rest of the way.

"I have so much confidence in this team right now and so much confidence in myself," Benincasa said. "I couldn't be happier."

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Class 5A baseball: Armwood takes down Brandon 5-3 05/08/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 8, 2009 11:57pm]
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