BROOKSVILLE — If Hernando Christian coach Ernie Chatman was worried about whether the Lions' bats were going to wake up in time for the postseason, the team's play Tuesday offered a good sign.
HCA won convincingly in the Class A, District 8 semifinal game over Bayshore Christian, cruising 17-0 before the 10-run rule took effect after five innings.
Courtney Riddle earned her 14th win of the year, and the Lions pushed their record to 18-4. But it was the offense that shined in victory.
HCA first baseman Ashley McKay hit a home run and scored four runs to help shoulder the load at the plate.
Bayshore Christian (1-14) could do little against Riddle or reliever Holly Field, mustering only two hits.
Riddle had a solid all-around game. She struck out nine and led the Lions with a double and three RBIs.
In the other semifinal, Seffner Christian defeated Bradenton Christian 12-2.
Seffner Christian (10-9) and Bradenton Christian (8-8) had split in two meetings this season, both close games. Bradenton was the second seed in the tournament.
Seffner goes on to square off with HCA at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.