It will be a rematch between top-seeded Stoneman Douglas and second-seeded host Taravella for the District 11-8A championship Thursday night.
The Eagles routed fourth-seeded South Plantation 11-1 in five innings Wednesday night, while the Trojans topped third-seeded Coral Springs 7-5 in an earlier matchup.
Douglas (15-5) jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead against the Paladins (10-11) before producing a seven-run second started by third baseman Katie Peterson’s one-out solo home run. At one point, seven consecutive batters reached base.
“I just broke out of a slump, so this was great, just hitting the ball hard and trying to make contact,” said Peterson, who missed last season with an injured right shoulder.
Sami Feller (9-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Nicole Kelley allowed just a run in the fifth over three innings of relief.
First baseman Hailey Leonard will miss the game after she was ejected in the fourth inning when she violently collided with Emma Maitland during an inning-ending rundown.
Taravella and Douglas split the regular-season series. The Eagles proved victorious at home on a walk-off home run, and the host Trojans capitalized on an error for their victory. Taravella won last year’s district championship for the first time in nine seasons.
“We’re a good hitting team. I like the way we hit the ball,” Douglas coach Brian Staubly said.
“I’m hoping [Thursday] we can go in and hit the ball. It’s going to be a close game again and usually it’ll come down to the team that makes the big hit or fewest mistakes.”
WP: Sami Feller. LP: Sabrina Ryan