LITHIA — Bloomingdale rolled over Brandon in its Class 5A, District 8 game Wednesday 7-0. Kaylyn Camacho threw a shutout, giving up two hits and striking out five.
"She's only given up five hits in three games this season against Brandon," Bloomingdale coach Mike Clamon said. "The umpire was squeezing the strike zone today, but she pitched really well and the girls were able to hit well so it was a good performance."
The Bulls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and held onto it for the next four innings before adding runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the second game, Newsome battled back to beat Wharton 7-2 after trailing 2-1 in the early part of the game.
After leaving the bases loaded in the second the Wolves loaded them again in the third but capitalized on the opportunity with clutch hitting from Nicollette Levine, who got the rally started with a two-run single. She was followed by Ashley Gornto, who doubled in another run. Newsome would add two more before the inning was over to give pitcher Bailey Schinella all the insurance runs she would need. She finished with seven strikeouts and allowed four hits.
Today's game will be the third consecutive year Bloomingdale has met Newsome in the district final.
"It's going to be a tight game because it's a rivalry game," Newsome coach Dawn Vanella said.
Tampa Catholic 4, AHN 2: Everything was going Tampa Catholic's way.
And then the seventh inning came along. Seemingly on its way to a shutout, the Crusaders had to fight off a late rally by Academy of the Holy Names for a win in the Class 3A, District 11 semifinals.
The Crusaders (15-2), the tournament's second seed, advance to face top seed St. Petersburg Catholic, which reached tonight's final after defeating Clearwater Central Catholic 4-0.
Tampa Catholic grabbed a 1-0 lead when leadoff hitter Kathryn Spack scored in the first inning. The Crusaders mostly breezed through the rest of the game behind Tory Bohanan's pitching and solid defense behind her. Tampa Catholic added three runs in the fifth inning thanks to hits from Raven Sepulveda, Megan Nelson and Alyse Johnson.
But AHN's last at-bat made things interesting.
Trailing 4-0, the Jaguars (7-10) got singles from Sara Drummond and Alex Valdes. After loading the bases a batter later, a Tampa Catholic fielding error allowed two runs to score. But the Crusaders got a huge out when catcher Johnson tagged out Christina Gerecke, who was trying to score from third.
In the other semifinal, St. Petersburg Catholic notched three runs in the first inning and then allowed Chloe Saganowich to do her thing.
The junior pitcher allowed one hit while striking out seven.
The Barons (22-3) provided plenty of offense, hitting five doubles
Chloe Saganowich improved to 16-2 on the season and added a single.
The three-time defending 3A-11 district champ Barons will square off against a team it has defeated twice during the regular season.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent