Prep softball | Coin flip costs Bayshore Bruins top seed in Class 5A-District 10 tournament

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 12, 2014 

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Members of the Bayshore varsity softball team rally between innings of their game against Manatee High School on March 13. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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BRADENTON -- A bad inning and a coin flip gone wrong.

Those are the only two things standing between Bayshore's softball team and the top seed in the Class 5A-District 10 tournament.

The softball playoffs begin Monday, when Palmetto hosts North Port in a Class 7A-District 10 quarterfinal.

The Bruins, the only area team ranked in the Miracle Sports Softball Poll -- they are seventh in Class 5A -- play two days later when they host Southeast, the third seed, in a quarterfinal.

Bayshore nearly had the top seed, however, but lost 10-9 to St. Petersburg Lakewood on March 18. The Spartans scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory, which resulted in the tournament's top seed when Lakewood won the coin toss.

Each team went 7-1 in district play.

Lakewood meets either St. Petersburg Gibbs or Gulfport Boca Ciega in Wednesday's other semifinal and hosts the championship game Thursday with a win.

Bayshore is hitting .453 as a team and has scored 225 runs while freshman Miriam Schmoll (11 wins, 149 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings) has handled the pitching.

The Bruins reached the Region 3 championship game last year, losing to eventual state champion Lake Wales.

Braden River has a No. 1 seed and plays either Palmetto or North Port at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Second-seeded Lakewood Ranch hosts No. 3 Sarasota in Tuesday's other semifinal at 7 p.m., and the winners meet 7 p.m. Thursday for the championship.

The Pirates defeated Bayshore by scoring twice in the bottom of seventh Thursday, 4-3.

Manatee is the lone area participant in Class 8A-District 8 and has the No. 3 seed. That means the Hurricanes take a trip to Palm Harbor to take on the district's other Hurricanes at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The winner meets either top-seeded Riverview or No. 4 St. Petersburg on Thursday. The highest remaining seed hosts.

With neither Cardinal Mooney nor Out-of-Door Academy fielding a varsity team, Bradenton Christian and Saint Stephen's will play for the Class 3A-District 11 championship at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Turner Fields.

The top two finishers in each tournament advance to the region playoffs. Classes 8A, 6A and 2A get underway Wednesday, April 23, and 7A, 5A and 3A begin Thursday, April 24.

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 8

Semifinals

Tuesday

(4) St. Petersburg at (1) Riverview, 7 p.m.

(3) Manatee at (2) Palm Harbor University, 4 p.m.

Final

Thursday

At highest remaining seed, TBA

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 10

Quarterfinal

Monday

(5) North Port at (4) Palmetto, 7 p.m.

Semifinals

Tuesday

North Port/Palmetto at (1) Braden River, 7 p.m.

(3) Sarasota at (2) Lakewood Ranch, 7 p.m.

Final

Thursday

At highest remaining seed, 7 p.m.

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 10

Quarterfinal

Tuesday

(5) St. Petersburg Gibbs at (4) Gulfport Boca Ciega, 4 p.m.

Semifinals

Wednesday

Boca Ciega/Gibbs at (1) St. Petersburg Lakewood, 4 p.m.

(3) Southeast at (2) Bayshore, 7 p.m.

Final

Thursday

At highest remaining seed, TBA

CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 11

Final

Tuesday

Bradenton Christian at Saint Stephen's, 4:30 p.m.

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