SARASOTA — East Lake knew winning at Sarasota, No. 9 in USA Today's national rankings, would take a total team effort and extraordinary performances.
Wednesday, the Eagles used 18 players and got 10 dominant innings from pitchers Brad Deppermann and Steven Plaskett to upset the Sailors 2-1 in a Class 7A, Region 3 quarterfinal.
The win sets up a fourth game with Northeast on Tuesday.
"We got electric pitching," East Lake coach Dan Genna said. "To play 10 innings and only give up three hits to the high-powered Sailor offense was phenomenal."
Deppermann pitched the first seven innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out six. Plaskett pitched the last three and gave up zero hits and runs while striking out five.
East Lake scored its first run in the fourth with help from the Sailors. Nick DeSantis, who had three singles, singled up the middle. Riley Choate pinch ran and stole second. Cameron Churchill hit a high chopper to third, and on the high throw to first, Choate came around to score.
Sarasota tied it in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Chapman walked. Matt Schlabach executed a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. And Mason Dancer hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in pinch-runner Shelby Banks.
Both teams had chances to win late. Sarasota left a man at third in the seventh, and East Lake failed on a suicide squeeze in the ninth.
In the 10th, Deppermann singled up the middle with one out and moved to second on a groundout. Keegan Maronpot followed with a double to right-center to score Deppermann. Plaskett pitched a perfect 10th to close out the Sailors.
"You can't just come here and play with them," Genna said. "You have to take this game away from them. In any other game where we had 11 hits, we would put up six or seven runs. Sarasota made that difficult."
Now comes Northeast, which beat East Lake 3-2 in Friday's district final.
"We have played three nail-biters before," Genna said. "We know it will be close."
7A: Early runs enough as Northeast advances
ST. PETERSBURG — For a team that has won 17 straight games, Northeast sure does put its coaches and fans through a lot of stress.
In a familiar scenario, the Vikings scored early and used pitching and defense to defeat Bradenton Braden River 2-0 in a Class 7A region quarterfinal.
Colton Tison pitched a complete game two-hitter, which he also did in the district semifinal against Countryside. Wednesday, he struck out nine.
"(Tison) threw one heck of a game," Northeast coach Rob Stanifer said. "If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have won. We didn't execute very well. We did in the first inning. But after that, we just did our own thing."
The Vikings (23-4) jumped on Pirates starter Eric Kimsey in the first inning. Angelo Terrasi led off by reaching on an error. Chris Clark then executed a perfect hit-and-run to rightfield that put runners on first and third.
A throw to second to catch Clark stealing was high and went into centerfield. That allowed Terrasi to score and moved Clark to third. Bret Maxwell then flew out to centerfield to allow Clark to tag and score.
That was it for the scoring.
The Vikings loaded the bases with two outs in the third but couldn't push a run across. Braden River didn't get its first hit until the third inning.
The Pirates had their only threat in the fourth. A one-out double by Daren Ortiz and a throwing error put runners on second and third. But Tison struck out Jordan Guerrero and Tristan Burdette. Braden River managed only one runner over the final three innings.
"It seems like every game has been like this," Tison said. "It settles me down a little bit when we get those early runs. It boosts up my confidence. It's huge."
Josh Hale won Friday's district final against East Lake. But Stanifer said Tison will start Tuesday.
Times staff writer Rodney Page contributed to this report.