Thursday night's semifinal game had a little bit of everything: great pitching, great defense, timely hitting and nail-biting suspense.
Dillon Moyer sparked the offense in the second inning by driving a 2-0 fastball off the light pole in left-center field for a two-run homer -- his second of the tournament. Not to be outdone, John Ryan Murphy led off the top of the third inning with a mammoth home run to left field to extend the lead to 3-0. The offense continued their strong performance, plating five runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by a Blaze Tart two-run single, to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Jimmy O'Neill was in cruise control during his five innings of work, showing great command with all of his pitches. O'Neill scattered 7 hits while striking out 8 and didn't allow a walk. Patrick Waugh pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out one.
Martin County would not go away quietly in the end. Six runs in the bottom of the seventh made things very interesting. With a two-run lead, Tyler Rubino came in with no outs and induced a ground ball for a double play to stifle the rally. Rubino would close out the game two batters later with a pop up to earn the save.
Jimmy O'Neill improves to 6-0 on the year with the win. The team will play in the championship game Thursday night against South Fork HS (5A) from Stuart, FL. Game time is set for 7pm EST.