SEMINOLE — With one flick of his wrists, Jordan Doyle walloped a baseball past the left-centerfield fence Tuesday, providing Seminole with a grand slam that was worth much more than four runs.
It was the jolt the Warhawks needed in a 4-3 victory over Bradenton IMG Pendleton Academy.
For five innings, Seminole struggled against Pendleton Academy's Casey Mulholland, a right-hander who kept hitters off balance with an assortment of pitches.
Mulholland, an Ole Miss signee, had a comfortable lead and was on pace for a shutout.
That all changed in the sixth inning.
Mulholland gave up a pair of singles and a walk, leaving the bases loaded for Doyle, who had struck out twice before.
"I really wasn't nervous in that situation," Doyle said. "I knew their pitcher didn't want to walk me and he had to come to me. I just wanted to make sure I put a bat on the ball and elevate it.
"It's a win that I think will definitely help us out in the long run."
It was Doyle's first high school home run, and his swing seemed to energize the Warhawks.
Seminole (9-1) sent eight batters up in the inning but did not add to its lead.
No matter. Joey Krehbiel came on in relief and shut down Pendleton in the seventh to preserve the win.
"You couldn't ask for a better way to end a game, facing that kind of team and that kind of pitcher," Warhawks coach Greg Olsen said. "I'm proud of the guys for hanging in there and finding a way to win."
Seminole's victory comes four days after it handed Northeast its first loss.
The Warhawks look more robust as they travel to face Punta Gorda Charlotte on Friday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A region quarterfinal game. After that, Seminole has tough district games against Clearwater and Dunedin next week.
"The biggest thing about us is we're trying to be consistent each game," Olsen said. "I think we're starting to get that."