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The Tigers roll into title game with 8-1 win

The Jesuit baseball team rocked Winter Haven for 15 hits and took advantage of seven errors to beat the host Blue Devils 8-1 on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Blue Devil Classic at Jim Whitney Field.

Jesuit (14-2), the defending tournament champion, faces Kissimmee Osceola at 7 tonight in the title game. Osceola (8-8) defeated Bartow 7-6 in the other semifinal Wednesday.

The Tigers, who were once ranked third in the nation by USA Today and Baseball America, jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on four hits and two errors against Winter Haven starter Charlie Manning.

Jesuit added unearned runs in the third and fourth innings before breaking the game open with a three-run seventh, highlighted by senior Geoff Goetz's 330-foot two run blast.

"We played well," Jesuit coach John Crumbley said. "Getting up early on a good pitcher is always a plus. Our mission is to put the ball in play. We're aggressive. We were fortunate enough that we put on enough pressure that they made a few mistakes."

Terry McCormick (2-0) picked up the win for the Tigers.