“It didn’t really affect me,” Fortuno said. “It was like any other game.”
When the game was restarted after the rainout from the day before, Flanagan (19-5) added a run in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
Coral Glades (13-9) took advantage of Flanagan pitcher Alex Sarmiento by scoring three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Zach Thompson and on a two-run double by Oliver Levine to cut the deficit to 4-3.
“They battled back to get the game within one run,” Coral Glades coach Jorge Miranda said. “We had some great opportunities. They had that shut down arm that shut us down in the most key opportunity of the game.”
Coral Glades kept the game close due to the pitching of starter Jacob Melton and reliever Christian Dominguez against the Flanagan lineup.
“We had opportunities to get big hits,” Flanagan coach Ray Evans said. “We didn’t get big hits.”
Flanagan will host Douglas in the regional semifinal Tuesday.
WP: Fortuno (9-0). LP: Melton (5-3). SV: Fortuno. Top performers: Presno 2-2. Dodge 1-1, RBI, 2 BB. E. Rivera 1-3, RBI. Sued 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Thompson 1-3, RBI, SB. Levine 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Dominguez 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB.
• Region 3-8A quarterfinal — Douglas 7, Cypress Bay 0: Douglas catcher Derek Fritz went 3-for-3 at the plate and freshman starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo pitched five innings of shutout baseball as the Eagles defeated visiting Cypress Bay in Parkland.
In the second inning, Michael Greenberg reached out on a 0-2 pitch and hit a solo homer to left-center field to give Douglas (19-4) a 1-0 lead.
“Our goal was to keep the ball to the opposite field,” Greenberg said. “I was just trying to put it into play.”
The Eagles added two more runs in the third on a two-run homer by Fritz to left and four runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-0.
Cypress Bay countered by loading the bases in the fifth and sixth innings. In both instances, Luzardo forced the Lightning to hit into double plays to end the threat.
“We kept giving ourselves chances,” Cypress Bay coach Michael White said. “The big turning point was not getting across the plate for a couple of runs.”
Luzardo induced four double plays in total.
“He pitched great for five innings,” Douglas coach Todd Fitz-Gerald said. “He pitched and battled and gave us a chance to win.”
WP: Luzardo (7-3). LP: Tache (9-1). Top performers:
• Region 4-5A quarterfinal — American Heritage 10, Riviera Beach Suncoast 0 (5): Right-handers Shawn Anderson and Louis Beck combined to hold Suncoast hitless while the Patriots offense overpowered visiting Suncoast with 10 hits — six of them for extra bases — Friday at American Heritage.
Anderson (11-1) went four innings, striking out eight batters before Beck finished up with a 1-2-3 fifth.
The Patriots (23-2) will face the Jensen Beach-Pompano Beach winner in Tuesday’s regional semifinals.
After a 30-minute weather delay to the start of the game, Heritage wasted no time getting on the board, with Zach Collins and Danny Zardon highlighting the first inning with back-to-back run-scoring doubles that led to a 3-0 lead against the Chargers (13-10) from Riviera Beach.