LUTZ — Recording a region quarterfinal victory has been elementary for Plant City.The Raiders have not lost a first-round playoff game since 2012, when Plant City’s softball players were attending elementary school.On Wednesday, it was more of the same for the Raiders. Plant City won its seventh consecutive quarterfinal, defeating host Steinbrenner 8-0 in a Class 8A encounter. The Raiders (20-4) advance to play Sickles on Tuesday.More than 2,560 days have passed since Plant City suffered its previous first-round loss, a 4-0 defeat to Bartow. The Raiders’ success began the following year with a 4-2 win over the same Yellow Jackets. No team has been on the receiving end of Plant City’s blows more than Steinbrenner (18-6), which lost to the Raiders in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year (4-0 in 2018 and 4-1 in 2017). The Warriors’ last playoff victory over Plant City was a 3-1 victory in a 2015 region semifinal.“Good pitching and defense. . . . That’s what it’s been all about, and that’s our motto,” Plant City coach Gary Blessin said. “We just try to score one run, and we think we can hold them."Ashley Blessin, the coach’s daughter, had a sensational game. The senior right-hander threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts, and led the Raiders’ 13-hit attack with four hits and a pair of RBIs.“It was really big coming out of the district loss (a 2-1 defeat last week to Bloomingdale),” said Ashley Blessin, a Marshall commit. “We didn’t hit the ball as good as we wanted (and) tonight, we scored eight runs. That was a big boost for us, showing that we can get the bats going and that we can do it. I was really proud of everyone."Seven Raiders had hits and five drove in at least one run. After failing to score in the first despite loading the bases with no outs, Plant City erupted in the third and fourth with a pair of three-run rallies. The Raiders put 10 of their first 14 batters on base in those innings, and Emily Longoria’s third-inning, bases-loaded walk that scored courtesy runner Brea Simmons was the only run that Blessin needed.The Raiders scored their final two runs in the seventh.“(Steinbrenner) is a good team and we played really good (Wednesday),” Gary Blessin said. “The first inning, we let them off the hook — no doubt. We lose a tough game to Bloomingdale in the district championship, and we were fired up to come here and play Steinbrenner. We took it as a challenge."Ashley Blessin walked one and faced only two batters over the minimum. She allowed one runner to get as far as second, and retired the final 15 Warriors. Blessin’s no-hit bid was preserved by a diving first-inning catch by leftfielder Kelli McAvoy on a line drive by Emily Chiarella, and third baseman Rylee Moorman’s catch of a line drive by Madi Frey near the bag in the seventh.Blessin threw 84 of 105 pitches for strikes, and registered first-pitch strikes to 18 of 23 batters. She struck out every Steinbrenner starter at least once.“I noticed in the second inning, I was throwing a lot of balls that (Steinbrenner) was swinging at. . . . so they were helping me a lot,” she said. “(After that), they tried to lay off the first pitch and see like maybe it would be high. So I tried to get ahead on the first pitch, thinking that they were going to lay off. . . . I wanted to work ahead all the time.” Abbie DeWeese, Rylee Shafer and Longoria each contributed two hits for Plant City.