Hernando Christian took advantage of early offense and a shaky pitcher to advance to the state final four with a 9-1 win over host Ormond Beach Calvary Christian on Tuesday in the Class A region final.
The Lions (22-4) collected 11 hits and took a 5-0 lead after two innings. Credit goes to Holly Fields with two hits and Brianna Hogan with three against Calvary (17-8).
As usual, Courtney Riddle was solid on the mound, striking out four with no walks and allowing four hits.
"The pitching was a little wild and we took advantage of it," HCA coach Ernie Chatman said. "We put the ball in play.
"(The 5-0 lead) really helped settle our players and our pitchers. We had several innings where we hit the first pitch every time."
This marks Hernando Christian's second trip to the final four. They'll play Grandview Prep on Monday in Clermont. Last year, the Lions lost in the state semifinals 6-1 to Eagle's View Academy.
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