After back-to-back singles by Elier Rodriguez and Mike Avila, LaSalle was only down by one run with two runners on base.
But St. Brendan struck out the next two batters and forced a ground out to end the threat. LaSalle never got as close again.
WP: Matt Diaz. LP: Mike Matheis
• Region 4-4A semifinal – Monsignor Pace 10, Coral Springs Charter 4: Monsignor Pace snapped a 3-3 tie with a big six-run third inning and turned the rest over to starting pitcher Luis DeVille and cruised to the easy win at Pace High School.
The Spartans (21-6) advance to their second straight regional final and will take on St. Brendan on Friday at either 4 p.m. at St. Brendan or 7 p.m. at FIU.
DeVille raised his record to 9-1 allowing just five hits in five-plus innings while he watched his teammates put together four consecutive hits to start the big third inning.
After three runs had come in, Brandon Gomez delivered a two-run double to bust things wide open.
Pace scored three times in the first to break out in front before the Panthers (22-8) responded with a three run second thanks to RBI singles from Jorge Solano and Luis Guillorme. Guillorme, Joe McChrystal and Stephen Kerr all went 2 for 4 to lead the way offensively for Charter.
WP: L. DeVille (9-1). LP: T. Romero. Top performers: B. Gomez 2-3, 3 RBI. A. Milo 2-3, 2 RBI. D. Palenzuela 2-3. A. McCoy 2-4. L. Guillorme 2-4, 2 RBI
• Region 4-2A semifinal — Westwood Christian 6, Brito 2: Senior relief pitcher Jason Gutierrez got a bases-load game-ending double play on a ground ball to third base.
Gutierrez, who entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, faced only one batter.
“I tried to throw every pitch for a strike,” he said.
Westwood lefty starter Danny Garcia, a University of Miami commitment, pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and striking out 10.
Garcia, who gave up two unearned runs, held Brito to a hit through four innings.
“I woke up in beast mode,” Garcia said. “My fastball-curveball was working.”
Offensively for Westwood, Luis Diaz and Anthony Pena each had a pair of RBI. Caludio Rubiera added an RBI. Westwood lead from the start of the game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on several singles.
“The top of the lineup can hit. A couple of guys got on and we just moved the ball well,” Westwood coach Luis Padron said. “I had a couple of plays on but they were just had good approaches at the plate.”
Brito, whose offense struggled at times, scored in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Westwood faces Zion Lutheran in a region 4-2A final Friday.
WP: Danny Garcia.