ST. PETERSBURG — Fort Myers Canterbury got three runs in the second inning and held on 3-2 to beat Northside Christian in a Class 3A region final on Tuesday.
Canterbury (25-5), which has won consecutive Class 3A titles, took advantage of the rainy weather and some early defensive woes by Northside Christian to jump out to an early lead. Up 1-0 in the second with the bases loaded, Canterbury got two runs on an infield throwing error to make the score 3-0.
Northside (20-7), however, stayed tough and forced Canterbury ace Nick Vanderhoef into some high pitch counts. In the bottom of the fourth the Mustangs finally broke through with an RBI single from Luke Vari to make the score 3-1, but Northside could not get more runs despite having runners on first and second with one out.
The Mustangs threatened again in the bottom of the fifth when they loaded the bases with one out. Jadier Morelos made the score 3-2 with an RBI on a fielder's choice but Vanderhoef induced Pierce Chambers into a grounder to end the inning with two runners in scoring position.
Northside put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Canterbury reliever Bryce Einstein but Corey Yawn just missed a pitch and flied out to deep center.
The Mustangs put two runners on with two out in the bottom of the seventh when Ty McGeehan and Chambers walked but Vari hit a line drive right to the second baseman to end the game.
Northside pitcher Colton Olasin pitched a complete game and gave up two earned runs.