PINELLAS PARK — The Class 5A, District 12 semifinals Wednesday had plenty of offense but little drama.
After Boca Ciega rolled past Northeast 11-3 in the early game, Pinellas Park coach Shane DeMartino warned his players not to take a struggling Largo team lightly.
They listened, routing the Packers 11-0 in five innings.
For Largo, keeping pace with the Patriots offense proved as difficult as catching up with a Sara Nevins fastball. The senior struck out each batter she faced in two innings.
Freshman Serena Mitchell pitched the final three innings, striking out two and giving up just two hits to preserve the shutout.
The top of the lineup provided most of the offense for the Patriots. Senior leadoff hitter Tracy Coward went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Senior Jenna Rimensnyder had three infield hits, and junior Sammy Martin went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
"The girls know what's in front of them," DeMartino said. "They've worked hard all year to get where they are now. We had two goals set in front of us, and we take them one at a time. One was the PCAC. The second goal is the district championship. We accomplished one. Now we're looking to get the second."
The Patriots won the first PCAC title in school history last week and will host Boca Ciega in the district final Friday night.