VENICE – Sarasota beat Lakewood Ranch 7–3 in the regional baseball samifinals and advanced to the Regional Finals next Tuesday at home against Plant. Lemon Bay won 6–3 to advance as well. The Manta Rays play the winner of the Avon Park vs Melbourne Central Catholic game next Tuesday.
The Venice Indians with retribution on their minds as they took on Gulf Coast with their Hall of Fame head coach Craig Faulkner watching over the tribe.
Scoreless game in the 4th when the Sharks get a hit batter and 2 singles, this one by Chad Heeresma, to drive in the game’s first run.
But Orion Kerkering would get out of the inning, and only allow those 2 hits. He was rolling the rest of the way.
The Indians had a couple of chances, and maybe the best one was this one in the 5th as Mac Guscette singles with 2 on, but it was coming in hot, and Marti the pinch-runner was held at 3rd as the throw went through to the plate.
Chase Latchford hit a sharp liner but it was an at’em ball to end the inning. The Indians tied it at 1 in the 7th and the game was delayed by lightning in the 8th, but when play resumed the Indians won on a bases-loaded walk. A walk-off walk! They will play Tuesday, May 22nd, against the winner of Braden River and New Port Richey Mitchell, which is being played Thursday at 4.