BK wins in walk-off fashion; Clay wins in 10
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Franco Chaluja capped a fierce rally from Bishop Kenny with a no-show single as the Crusaders staged a comeback to beat South Walton 7-6 in the 1-4A Region Baseball Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Kenny, down 6-1 entering the bottom half of the sixth, pushed five points to even things up. Chaluja’s single finished him in seventh. Second-seeded Kenny (20-6) hosts Arnold on Saturday night in the regional semifinal. …
Also, in 1-4A, top seed Suwannee busted for six runs in the sixth inning to break a tie and beat Baker County 11-5. Josh Fernald struck out 10 for the Bulldogs, who advance to face Clay (18-10). …
Max Williams and Clay held on to beat host Santa Fe, 12-9 in a 10-inning marathon. Jayden Long went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs and Brandon Adams sniffed out nine in 4.2 innings and a no-decision decision. Alec Burke, Williams and Logan Wilson all had two-hit games and combined to lead in five runs.
It was the second night of the first round of baseball in the area. Bartram Trail, Columbia, First Coast and Fort White all won their games Tuesday night.
Top-seeded Bishop Snyder fell behind early and couldn’t make up for it in an 11-5 loss to No. 8 seed Fernandina Beach. The Pirates (15-9) also beat the Cardinals 11-5 in the teams’ last meeting. They qualify for a regional semi-final on Saturday at Trinity Catholic (19-8). …
Ben Barrow and Robert Hamil had two hits apiece as Providence went on the road to beat Episcopal 9-5. Brett Dennis struck out nine in 4.2 innings to lead the Stallions to the mound. Eric Monti and Hunter Russell had two hits apiece for the Eagles. Providence will visit Villages Charter on Saturday evening.
Trinity Christian used two-hit plays from Maddox Lee and Alonzo Austin to beat St. Joseph 10-1. Lee drove in three runs for the Conquerors (20-8). Landen Moore, Brayden Harris and Ethan Wilford combined on a five-hit effort and struck out 11. Evan Rodriguez homered in St. Joseph. The Conquerors advance to take on Super 6 No. 1 St. Johns Country Day on Saturday night.
The Spartans (22-4) crushed St. John Paul II 13-0 behind a combined draw from Jacob Thomas and Isaiah Mamea. Thomas snorted six in three innings and Mamea struck out five. The Spartans only allowed two base runners. Bradley Hodges had three runs with a pair of doubles, Shawn Andrade and Jordan Taylor each had two hits, and Finn Howell was 3-for-3 in the rout. …
Brady Wright homered and drove in a pair of runs and Trenten May had two hits and struck out seven on the mound as University Christian edged Wakulla Christian 5-4. Noah Clark and Jayden Nesmith also had two-hit games with doubles for UC (22-6).
Suwannee 11, Baker County 5
Bishop Kenny 7, South Walton 6
Clay 12, Santa Fe 9 (10 innings)
Fernandina Beach 11, Bishop Snyder 5
Providence 9, Episcopal 5
Christian Trinity 10, Saint Joseph 1
St. Johns CD 13, St. John Paul II 0
Christian University 5, Wakulla Christian 4
Apopka (20-8) at Bartram Trail (20-8)
First coast (16-8) at Pace (23-3)
Mosley (16-11) at Columbia (20-8)
Fort Blanc (15-6) at Lafayette (17-3)
Clay (18-10) at Suwannee (22-4)
Arnold (22-6) at Bishop Kenny (20-6)
Fernandina Beach (15-9) at Trinity Catholic (19-8)
Providence (15-12) to Villages Charter (18-7)
Trinity Christian (20-8) at St. Johns CD (22-4)
University Christian (22-6) at North Florida Christian (19-5)
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