FORT MYERS – Tuesday, Venice head coach Craig Faulkner told SNN that if the Indians were able to score 4 runs, he had enough faith in his pitching that that would be enough to win.


The Indians were the home team in Fort Myers in the state semifinals match-up against Doral Academy for the right to go to the State Championship game.


Orion Kerkering started on the mound for Venice, and he settled down in the second inning as he struck out the side for a 1-2-3 inning, and that was not even the best thing to happen in the second. The offense put the game out of reach.


Jacob Zito led off the Indians half of the second with a double that he sliced to rightfield. He would then score the first run of the game on a throwing error by the Doral catcher.


The Indians then loaded the bases and Kevin Dubrule singled in another run for a 2-0 Venice lead. With the bases still loaded, Michael D’Onofrio doubled to left for a 2-run double. Catcher Mac Guscette singled in 2 more runs to make it 6-0, and Zito singled in another. In fact, the Indians scored 9 runs in the second to put the game away.


They won 11-1 in a mercy rule game, and that win puts them in the State Championship game Thursday night against Pace HS of Miami. The game is at 7:35 pm, and also at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers.