JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bishop Kenny, Columbia and Providence are joining St. Johns Country Day in the high school baseball state semifinals in Fort Myers.
The Crusaders got a two-out RBI single from Trey Seeker in the top of the seventh to beat host Baker County 3-2 in a weather-delayed Region 1-4A final. One round after throwing 6.2 innings of no-hit ball, Ben Monger threw a complete game for Kenny, whiffed seven and allowed just four hits.
It trailed 2-0 in the game before scoring the final three to advance to Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal at Hammond Stadium. The Crusaders (18-10) will face Tampa Jefferson at 4 p.m.
Columbia bounced top-seeded Clay 7-1 in the Region 1-5A final. Josh Fernald followed his unforgettable second-round game against Lincoln with a complete game on the mound. He whiffed 11 in the game. Ayden Phillips added a seventh-inning grand slam for Columbia. Fernald had a walk-off grand slam against Lincoln to deliver Columbia that win. Elijah Roberts struck out eight batters and Merrick Rapoza whiffed four for the Blue Devils.
Final: Columbia 7, Clay 1— Jordan Kroeger (@ByJordanKroeger) May 17, 2023
Tigers win the Region 1-5A championship and are headed back to Fort Myers for the state Final Four. Fernald with a complete-game effort. Struck out 11.
Providence and coach Tommy Boss are headed to the state semifinals after a tight 4-3 win over Ocala Trinity Catholic in Region 1-3A. The Stallions trailed 3-2 entering the bottom half of the sixth before pushing two runs across, including the eventual winner by Ben Barrow for the win. Mason Wortmann had two hits for Providence. Brett Dennis worked 3.2 innings of one-hit relief for the win.
Boss, in his first season as the Stallions’ head coach, now takes Providence to the state final four for the first time since 2016. The Stallions lost to Bishop Verot in that final four game. Providence (25-4) will face Clearwater Calvary Christian (26-4) on Friday at 10 a.m.
Prov Baseball headed to the Final Four with the 4-3 win tonight!l over a tough Trinity Catholic team! Congrats @tboss48! Huge first year! pic.twitter.com/IcvX8w8XTa— Providence School (@provschool) May 17, 2023
St. Johns Country Day (25-4) beat Tallahassee North Florida Christian 10-5 a night earlier in the Region 1-2A final to punch its ticket to the state semifinals in Fort Myers. The Spartans will face Westminster Academy in the state semifinals on Thursday at 1 p.m.
(1) St. Johns Country Day 10, (2) Tallahassee North Florida Christian 5
(2) Columbia 7, (1) Clay 1
(5) Bishop Kenny 3, (2) Baker County 2
(1) Providence 4, (6) Trinity Catholic 3
Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
St. Johns Country Day (25-4) vs. Westminster Academy (16-9-1)
Bishop Kenny (18-10) vs. Tampa Jefferson (20-7), 4 p.m.
Providence (25-4) vs. Clearwater Calvary Christian (26-4), 10 a.m.
Monday, May 22
Columbia (24-5) vs. Plantation American Heritage (19-6), 10 a.m.