SEMINOLE — Osceola set goals before the season started. On Friday, the Warriors achieved one of them, winning their second straight district championship with a 6-2 win over Lakewood Ranch in Class 4A-10.
"It feels like we have been home forever," Warriors coach Kevin Mullins said. "We wanted to win the district but we also wanted the home field (for the region quarterfinals)."
Lakewood Ranch got on the board first as Brett Hanewich hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning.
The Warriors struck right back with three runs. Mike Borbon and Taylor Layner singled, and Scott Schlapinski reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. After a strikeout and fly out, Evan Hock singled to drive in Borbon. Adam Lewis followed with a double to score Layner and Schlapinski and give the Warriors a 3-2 lead they never relinquished.
"We got down two and I got a little nervous," Mullins said. "That was a huge two-out hit by Hock and then for Adam Lewis to get the double made me proud."
Brock Jensen, who pitched 51/3 innings, shut down the Mustangs in the fifth, and the Warriors tacked on three runs. Josh Townsend reached on a dropped third strike. Borbon singled and Layner added a single to score Townsend. Tyler Brown bunted home Borbon; Jensen singled in Schlapinski.
"When we get the momentum I always tell them not to give it up," Mullins said.
Brown replaced Jensen in the sixth and closed out the win.