Herbert Iser hit a double in the top of the seventh that scored the final run.
Centeno also managed to put out the lead-off batter in the bottom of the seventh, throwing to first on one knee after diving to field the ball.
WP: Austin Comesanas (5-2). LP: Victor Morrell. Top performers: Michael Centeno 2-3, 3 run HR. Alex Bravo double, 2 RBI. Michael Paez 2-3, 2 runs. SUN 17-7
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Florida Christian 19, Archbishop Curley 4: History repeated itself when Florida Christian traveled to Archbishop Curley and pounded out a lopsided victory over the Knights.
Florida Christian defeated Curley 15-0 on the same field in the same round a year ago and, just like a year ago, the Patriots (12-13) will get a matchup with district rival Westminster Christian in a regional semifinal.
With Annie Palmiero and Karli Smith leading the way, the Patriots jumped all over the Knights with six runs in the first before sending 13 batters to the plate in a 10-run second and led 16-3 after an inning and a half. FC wound up pounding out a dozen hits while also benefitting from six Curley errors.
Palmeiro went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and that included a towering solo home run in the fourth over the left center field fence. Smith had a big day as well going 2-for-2, with 5 RBI including a sac fly. FC pitcher Faith Vasquez never gave up a hit but struggled with her control, walking five and hitting two batters which led to Curley’s runs.
“We weren’t at our sharpest and got a little sloppy at times but the bottom line when you get to regionals is find a way to advance and move on and that’s what we did today,” said Florida Christian coach Scott Stemmer. “Even though Faith (Vasquez) struggled with her control, we swung the bats well and got plenty of runs for her.”
WP: F. Vasquez. LP: M. Romanick Top performers: A. Palmeiro 3-4, 3 RBI, HR. K. Smith 2-2, 5 RBI; B. Ernst 2-3, 2 RBI
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Westminster Christian 15, Miami Country Day 0: Victoria Perez and Madi Precht combined for three scoreless innings to lead the Warriors (22-4) over Miami Country Day (8-8).
“I am very excited about the future of the this team,” Westminster coach Scott Doan said about his upcoming talent. “We don’t have seniors but we a lot of juniors. We have a strong veteran team with girls that have been with the team since our ’09 state championship.”
Perez added three runs for the Warriors. to help the girls to move on into through the post season.
Westminster Christian will go on to play Florida Christian in the regional semifinal next week at the Palmetto Bay Park.
The Warriors (22-4) narrowly defeated Florida Christian 6-0 in districts.
If Westminster defeats Florida Christian they will likely face their district rival, American Heritage-Delray, which has knocked the girls out of the post season the past two years.
“We are not looking past Florida Christian yet,” Doan said. “They are a strong team.”