Cypress Bay right-hander Sarah Mahoney was a standout on the mound and at the plate, pitching a no-hitter against a potent Taravella offense and belting a two-run homer in the fourth to turn a close game into a 10-0 blowout in five innings at Thursday’s Class 8A regional quarterfinals at Cypress Bay.
Mahoney pitched a complete game, striking out 10 batters. Lexie DiEmanuelle and Maddie Gott each went 4 for 4 at the plate to lead Cypress Bay’s 13-hit assault over the Trojans, who closed their season at 17-4.
Gott finished with five RBI, two of them coming on another home run in the six-run fourth, when the Lightning stretched their lead to 8-0. Olivia Gott’s one-out RBI single to right ended the game, scoring Maddie Gott.
Cypress Bay (18-5) advances into Tuesday’s semifinal against Western.
WP: Mahoney (10-3). LP: Markefeld.
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Mater Academy 11, Archbishop McCarthy 10: After their baseball team won its first district title in school history earlier in the day, the Mater Academy Lions softball team had a little drama saved up of its own.
After giving up eight runs in the top of the first to heavily favored Archbishop McCarthy, Mater (16-7) put on a remarkable comeback to pull out a victory at Bucky Dent Park in Hialeah. The Lions will have an even taller mountain to climb Tuesday they host defending state champion Pembroke Pines Charter at 7 p.m. at Bucky Dent Park in a regional semifinal contest.
“I have some amazing teammates because I was really down when I came into the dugout after that first inning,” sophomore pitcher Alexis Castroman said.
“To come back from a start like that shows you the amazing determination and heart of our team.”
Mater immediately answered the Mavericks eight run first with six runs of their own in the bottom half before tying it with two more in the second on a two-run homer by Ibis Abreu. The game was tied at 10 in the fifth when Michelle Oliva scored from third on a deep-fielder’s-choice deep-groundout to shortstop by Abreu.
McCarthy (16-8) was led by Kaitlyn Ortagus, who homered twice, including a grand slam in the first.
WP: A. Castroman (6-2). LP: J. DePalo. Top performers: K. Ortagus 2-3, 2 HR, 6 RBI. A. Guzman 3-4. I. Abreu 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal – Pembroke Pines Charter 16, Westland Hialeah 0: Pembroke Pines Charter (18-3) scored eight runs in the first and second innings as the Jaguars defeated visiting Westland Hialeah in three innings in the Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Silver Lakes South Park in Pembroke Pines.
The Jaguars took advantage of Westland Hialeah (8-9) pitcher Elizabeth Stokes’ struggles pitching in the circle and the Wildcats’ subpar defense.
Bridget Blount went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Courtney Dart went 2 for 2 at the plate for the Jaguars.
Jaguars pitcher Claire Blount surrendered no hits and struck out three Wildcats in the win.