SEFFNER - Carson Fulmer struck out nine batters over five innings Friday to help lead Winter Haven All Saints' to a 7-1 victory over Seffner Christian in the Class A region semifinal.
The junior allowed just two hits, including a triple by Ryan Brushwood in the fifth inning, but never faced any real threats. Fulmer, who has been clocked in the low-mid 90s, had Crusader hitters uncomfortable at the plate right from the start.
Shortstop Carson Weeder helped Fulmer's cause with a home run in the first inning. Weeder crushed a changeup by Garrett Saunders off the leftfield foul pole to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
"That really lifted the team early," Weeder said of his first career home run. "Our infield and outfield practice during the pregame was a little sloppy, kind of drowsy, so it really boosted our team's spirit."
Later in the inning, Gregory Pitsikoulis provided a run-scoring single to make the score 2-0.
The Saints added to their lead in the third inning, scoring two runs on sacrifice flies by Pitsikoulis and Garrett Doyle. Thomas Allen added a home run to give the Saints a 5-0 lead.
The Crusaders got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Landon Allensworth doubled in Brushwood.