|By Andre C. Fernandez, The Miami Herald|
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But on Tuesday afternoon, the Cougars ran into the county's hottest pitcher.
"We came in expecting a dogfight against one of our archrivals and we were ready to play," Manoah said. "We're supporting each other as a team right now and doing the little things needed to win."
Manoah followed up a four-hit, 12-strikeout performance against
South Dade (20-6) advanced to its second regional final in the past four seasons and will travel to
"We've just jumped on Manoah's back and he's carried us," South Dade coach
Tied at 1 going into the seventh, South Dade loaded the bases with one out off Killian reliever
But Manoah didn't need more.
Despite walking Demurias to lead off the seventh, Manoah bounced back with two strikeouts and got
Killian (24-5), which had beaten South Dade in two of the first the first three meetings this season including the
"The intensity I feel late in the game, I can't describe it," Manoah said. "I just feel electric out there as the game goes on and I get a little stronger."
SD 001 000 2 -- 3 5 0
KIL 000 010 0 -- 1 2 1
-- Region 4-6A semifinal --
The Lions saw a third inning 5-0 lead with their ace pitcher and
But, unlike a year ago when McCarthy overcame a 5-0 deficit to score eight runs in the final three innings and issue Mater a crushing loss, the Lions hung on, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to pull away for a 10-6 victory.
And with it, Mater (17-8) advances to its first ever regional final where the Lions will travel to
After Ortiz's first-inning homer gave his team an early 3-0 lead and the Lions scored twice more in the top of the third to lead 5-0 and chase Springs starter
But Mediavilla struggled in a disastrous 52-pitch third inning that saw him give up a double, two singles, a hit batter and two walks. When the dust had settled, the Golden Hawks (17-7) had scored four times and suddenly it was a one-run game.
MA 302 200 3 -- 10 12 1
MS 004 200 0 -- 6 8 3
-- Region 4-2A semifinal -- Brito 10, Miami Christian 4: A pair of five-run innings helped the Panthers get past the Victors (8-15-1) at Archbishop Carroll. With the win, Brito will face
The first five-run inning came in the second. Pitcher
The game was close going to the sixth as the Panthers lead 5-4.
In the sixth, Brito (21-8) loaded the bases and scored a run on a sacrifice fly. The next four runs were scored on a pair of 2-RBI hits by
MC -- 2-1-0-1-0-0-0 4-11-2
BM -- 0-5-0-0-0-5-x 10-12-0
-- Region 4-3A semifinal -- Westminster Christian 5, Sagemont 1: Bat barrels barely brushed pitches from Westminster Christian ace
The Warriors (25-4) got a two-run homerun from
Vazquez allowed four earned runs and six hits, while striking out five, in 6.2 innings. The Warriors face Coral Springs ChristianFriday in the region 4-3A finals.
-- Region 4-8A semifinal -- Flanagan 6,
The Falcons, who lost to Jupiter in the regional final a season ago, will host face South Dade in a regional final on Friday.
Flanagan, ranked third in this week's MaxPreps national rankings, trailed
Then with a man aboard in the sixth, Rodriguez fought back from a 0-2 count against Stingarees' pitcher
-- Region 4-4A semifinal --
The Conchs (26-3-1) moved to within a game of the final four in
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