BAYSHORE GARDENS -- The last out looked like what happened for most of Wednesday's Class 5A-District 10 semifinal at Bayshore.
Bruins freshman starting pitcher Miriam Schmoll mowed down her final Southeast hitter with a strikeout.
That capped a 12-strikeout performance, during which Schmoll didn't allow a hit and walked just one batter as Bayshore defeated the Seminoles 11-0 in five innings.
The victory sends the Bruins (19-4) into Thursday's 5A-10 championship at top-seeded St. Petersburg Lakewood. The game begins at 7 p.m.
"It's just fun," said Schmoll about being in the zone.
Schmoll had two innings in which she retired all three hitters via the strikeout and was a big reason why the game lasted just more than an hour.
Schmoll said she was working on riseballs and curveballs in the victory over Southeast.
"Nothing too fancy," Schmoll said. "I think (Wednesday), we were just working on staying in the zone, getting that first pitch strike and just hopefully going for the 'K.'"
There were plenty of K's for Schmoll, who also delivered at the plate.
Bayshore's offense began the semifinal contest playing small ball with strategic bunting to account for the opening run in the bottom of the second inning.
Then Schmoll showcased what the Bruins have possessed dating back to last year's stirring region final run: power hitting.
She rocked a home run to left field to lead off the third inning, and Bayshore plated three runs in the frame.
Then LaShara James delivered a towering three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning that highlighted Bayshore's seven-run inning and gave the Bruins enough to enact the mercy rule.
"We've got speed; we can play small ball if we want," Bayshore head coach Frank Luther said. "We've got hitters all the way through the lineup. We've got bunters. We can small if we want to, and we try to come out and let the girls hit. That's what they like to do. We started off slow, so that's what we had to do was go to small ball and get everybody cranked up. Once we saw her, we turned them loose. Now we can swing away. And we got a couple good dingers from two of my big hitters and that helped us out."
Schmoll assured the short game by striking out the side in the top of the fifth, getting the final two Southeast batters looking - her sixth occasion of getting the strikeout that way in the game.
"She was hitting on all cylinders and the defense didn't really have to do a whole lot," Luther said.
Now Bayshore turns its attention to Thursday's district final against an opponent to be determined.
Luther anticipated meeting top-seeded St. Petersburg Lakewood and is brimming with confidence at his team's prospect at securing a district title.
But the game plan began Wednesday with the view that it's a new season for his Bruins.
"That's our philosophy," Luther said. "We came into the season, and that was one of our goals. I told the girls that the whole regular season was basically practice. The new season starts now, we're 0-0. And at the end of this night, I want it to be 1-0. I said it was a one-game season. Now if you win this game, it's a two-game season. So we're taking it game by game, and they understand that."
Kristin Staley (2-for-4, run, stolen base), James (home run, three RBIs), Schmoll (3-for-3, home run, RBI, two runs) and JoJo Muldoon (2-for-3, two runs) led the Bayshore attack.