Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Class 5A baseball: Charlotte overwhelms Osceola for 9-2 victory

PUNTA GORDA — Osceola's exhilarating run through the Class 5A playoffs ended Friday.

This time, there was no breathtaking, last-gasp comeback. The Warriors rallied but went out quietly. The "bigger, deeper, stronger" warning they had overcome through the region tournament caught up with them as they fell 9-2 against a Punta Gorda Charlotte team than punctured too many holes for Osceola to plug.

"That's just baseball," Osceola's Winston Rivas said. "Things didn't go our way for some reason."

Rivas, who took the mound as the starter, induced nearly every Charlotte batter to ground out through two scoreless innings. Then in the third, he allowed two runs off two hits, and the Warriors fell behind 2-0.

Osceola (21-7) rallied in the top of the fourth, scoring twice to tie it. Taylor Layner led off with a walk, stole second then scored on a single by TJ Glessner, who later scored on a single by Craig Schafer.

"At that point, I felt good about our chances," Warriors coach Kevin Mullins said. "I thought we had gained the momentum."

And then it was lost.

The Tarpons scored four in the bottom of the fourth. It was a tough inning for Rivas, who walked one batter, hit another and was called for three balks.

"I can understand one balk, but three in one inning was a little much," Mullins said.

Osceola never got in a rhythm on offense, managing three hits, and Mullins was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a call.

Charlotte added four runs in the sixth inning to put it away.

"It was a great season," Mullins said. "It's disappointing to end the season this way, but these guys have nothing to hang their head about."


Class 5A baseball: Charlotte overwhelms Osceola for 9-2 victory 05/09/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 9, 2009 12:32am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Buccaneers WR Mike Evans previews 2017-18 NBA season, predicts Warriors will be dethroned


    Tampa isn't the greatest basketball market. In fact, it's just about the worst.

    Mike Evans and Jameis Winston celebrate after connecting for a touchdown against the Bears in September. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  3. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  4. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start


    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  5. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues


    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]