SEMINOLE — The Seminole Warhawks scored 19 runs and sent 22 batters to the plate in the first inning to cruise to a 20-0 victory over Dixie Hollins in the Class 5A, District 11 title game Friday at Osceola.
Seminole (17-6) starts its playoff run at home Tuesday.
"This is the way you want to be playing going into the playoffs," Seminole coach Mark DeRuzzo said. "We're hitting the ball well, hitting the ball hard and playing sound defense."
Andrea Ashcraft started the first-inning scoring spree with an RBI double that scored Ashley Volentine. Ashcraft would later add an RBI triple in the inning. Volentine had two singles and a walk in the first.
Kaycee Lisa, Sarah Read, Amanda Nette and Jennifer LaBau all reached base multiple times in the first inning as the Warhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead before recording an out. Seminole would not record a second out for another 11 batters as it continued to find the holes in the Rebels defense.
"We knew Dixie well after playing them three times," DeRuzzo said. "We wanted to get out to a good start, and we were able to."
Seminole pitcher Emily Crawford gave up a leadoff single in the first inning and retired the final 15 batters she faced, striking out six along the way.
"From this point on, each team we face is going to be better than the last one, and some are going to be better than us," DeRuzzo added. "So we need to continue to play at a high level and especially continue to play sound defense."