Down to its final strike and trailing DeFuniak Springs 1-0 on Sunday, it appeared Seminole might not only finally go a game without hitting a home run, but take its first loss of the summer.
But with one swing of the bat, Anthony Lamoureux changed everything.
His three-run homer lifted Seminole to a 3-1 win and into today's semifinals of the Little League Major Baseball tournament at Canopy Oaks Community Park.
"I wasn't thinking about hitting it out at all," Lamoureux said. "I just wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere and get one run in."
Mike Mann singled, and Keith Adam drew a walk. Lamoureux then got hold of a 2-and-2 pitch. DeFuniak Springs' centerfielder drifted back, but the ball cleared the fence to touch off a wild celebration.
"Everyone had confidence in the dugout," Lamoureux said. "We knew we'd come back and win."
Lamoureux also pitched the top of the sixth and was credited with the win.
Mann is scheduled to start today's 10 a.m. semifinal against North Springs. The final is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Sub helps Tennessee get to softball semis
GULFPORT - Tennessee beat Georgia 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the Little League Softball Southern Regional tournament. Tennessee coach Kenny King said the tournament has seemed familiar to him and the four players who return from last season's team that won the tournament.
"This is like (the movie) Groundhog Day," King said. "Last year against West Virginia, it was a 1-1 game in the sixth and our sub drove in the winning run. And now here, a sub drove in the two runs for the win."
That sub, Tyler Barnard, had a two-run single in the fourth that scored Jennifer Ward, who doubled, and Jodie King, who singled in her only plate appearance. The hit was Barnard's first of the tournament.
Georgia scored its run in the first when Kaylee Satterfield stole home as the catcher returned the ball to the pitcher after a strike.
WEST VIRGINIA 5, NORTH CAROLINA 1: West Virginia earned a spot in the semifinals by taking a four-run lead in the top of the first and staving off North Carolina. Mallory Pertee led West Virginia, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI. Cassie Weaver also had a run scored and RBI while Hannah Zappia earned the win by striking out six in a complete game.
SOUTH CAROLINA 14, ALABAMA 1: South Carolina scored seven in the fourth and five in the fifth to earn the top spot in Pool B and reach the semifinals in a game called after five innings. Alyssa Lou Davis scored two runs and drove in a run. Bria Barnhill scored two runs. Kolby Harrison scored a run and had an RBI, and Kati Smothers had run-scoring singles in the fourth and fifth innings. All four had two hits in the game. Brooke Camerato scored three runs.
VIRGINIA 6, PALMA CEIA/TAMPA BAY/INTERBAY (FLORIDA) 4: Virginia won Pool A by defeating Florida's team. Chase Raynes went 3-for-3 and scored twice.
Times correspondent Jarrett Guthrie contributed to this report. Contact Brandon Wright at bwright@ sptimes.com or (727) 892-2216.
Major Baseball State Tournament
Today: Seminole vs. North Spring, 10 a.m., Final at 5:30 p.m.
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Softball Southern Regional
West Virginia 2-1
North Carolina 1-2
Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay/Interbay 0-3
South Carolina 3-0
Today: Consolations - Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay/Interbay vs. Georgia, 10 a.m.; North Carolina vs. Alabama, 1. Semifinals - Tennessee vs. Virginia, 5; West Virginia vs. South Carolina, 7:30. Tuesday: Final, 6