NEW PORT RICHEY — With a lineup full of sophomores and freshmen, Bloomingdale has shown a lot of promise for the future, possibly even the near future.
The Bulls (22-8) took care of business Friday night, defeating River Ridge 4-1 in the Class 5A region semifinals.
"We had the one mistake, but it did not hurt us," Bulls coach Mike Clamon said.
The mistake for Bloomingdale came in the bottom of the third inning when Sarah Simon's (3-for-3, double) got away from freshman centerfielder Jordan Alexander. Simon moved up to third with two outs. River Ridge missed out on the opportunity though, as Amber Jones hit a flyout to end the threat.
River Ridge (21-8) left seven runners on base, with four of them in scoring position.
The Bulls took advantage in a disastrous top of the sixth for River Ridge, when the Royal Knights walked two, allowed two hits and committed an error that resulted into three runs off starter Lakyn Shull (130 pitches).
Bulls starter Kaylyn Camacho (six strikeouts) took care of the Knights' bats by pitching seven innings on 98 pitches and allowing only one earned run.
"You've got to hit behind runners and you've got to get them in," River Ridge coach Ernie Beck said. "That was the difference in their score and ours tonight."