By Bobby Callovi
Special to the Times
WEST PALM BEACH - Cambridge Christian was the first team to score on West Palm Beach Summit Christian, but it had few answers for the Saints' offense.
The Lancers fell 14-2 in five innings in Friday's Class A region final.
Cambridge starter Matt Mullins struck out the side in the bottom of the first, then struggled to locate his pitches.
"It is always frustrating when you can't command your pitches, but you got to find a way to battle and keep working," coach Sam Marsonek said.
Mullins walked the first two batters in the second inning. Then Summit's Shane Swanson advanced to third when first baseman Jeffrey Tabares dropped catcher Andrew Widell's pick-off attempt. Mullins' next pitch was wild, allowing Swanson to score.
The Saints (25-5) added two runs that inning on a bunt single and fielder's choice.
In the third, John Silviano took advantage of the short fence in right, hitting a two-run blast.
"We put some guys on early, then they came with some big hits," Marsonek said. "They just swung the bat well and we didn't."
The Lancers (16-13) responded with back-to-back homers by Widell and Jordan Lewis, but could not muster anything else offensively. The Saints hit three more home runs to rightfield, including Timmy Williams' walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth.
Widell hit a double in his other at-bat, accounting for two of the Lancers' four hits.
Marsonek believes the game will serve as a learning experience for his young team.
"This game is going to light a fire for them in the offseason and have them ready for next year," he said.