SEMINOLE — Northside Christian had opportunities to surprise host Seminole in a first-round matchup at the 22nd annual Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament.
The Mustangs built a 2-0 lead Tuesday, and right-handed pitcher Robbie Williams kept Seminole off balance early by effectively mixing speeds with his pitches.
Mistakes, however, kept Northside from completing the upset.
It was a Mustang error here. A passed ball there.
A double-play opportunity that fell short to prolong an inning.
It added up to a 7-4 win for Seminole, which advances to the semifinals Thursday to play Clearwater at 7 p.m.
"When you're playing Seminole, you can't make a whole lot of mistakes," Northside coach Raul Hernandez said. "… Our pitcher Robbie probably threw his best game of the season so far, but again, we made a couple blunders behind him."
Northside's Kyle Turner hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the fourth to bring home a run, and a throwing error allowed the second run to cross the plate for the Mustangs (12-7).
Seminole (12-4), though, grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Joe Lamoureux led off with a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on Ryan Kirk's RBI groundout. Then, with the bases loaded, Gabe Martello laced a single to leftfield that brought home two more runs.
"It's always good to come back as soon as possible and shut down their momentum," Martello said. "The longer they have the momentum, the harder it's going to be for us to come back."
Tim Lamoureux (2-2) threw 52/3 innings to get the win for the Warhawks. He allowed five hits and struck out four.
Pendleton 10, Boca Ciega 0, 5 innings: Pendleton starter Blaze Tart and reliever Jesus Sanchez combined for a two-hit shutout.
Ahead 2-0, Pendleton (17-0) extended its lead in the second after batting around in the inning. Casey Mullholland smoked a double to score a run, Jimmy O'Neill followed with a sacrifice fly and John Ryan Murphy singled two more runs home to make it 6-0 Pendleton.
Boca Ciega (1-14) had its leadoff runner reach safely in the first and second innings, but both times the Pirates failed to advance the runner past first.
The Pirates' Austin Barber (0-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs in two innings.
Pendleton will play Osceola at 4 p.m. Thursday to complete the semifinal round.