BAYSHORE GARDENS -- It seems as if Jerad and Derek Paparella, Daniel Schroeder and Julian Valdivia have been playing baseball together forever.
They won championships as Little Leaguers and wanted to keep their special brotherhood alive a little longer.
The quartet accomplished that goal in sparking host Bayshore to an 8-2 victory over Southeast on Wednesday night in a Class 5A-District 10 semifinal.
"We wanted to have a nostalgia night and keep things going," said Jerad, who had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs for the Bruins (12-14).
Derek, a junior and the only non-senior in the foursome, got the ball rolling when he smashed a two-run-homer in the third inning -- his third of the season -- to tie the game at 2.
The Bruins added another run in the inning when Valdivia walked and scored on a double by Jerad Paparella.
"I was absolutely looking to hit it out. It was a fastball
that I was looking for," Derek Paparella said. "It felt great. It's good to be here again. This is our season. I can feel it. We are playing really well now. To go to the district final and regions is important. We've been working a long time for this."
Derek bats leadoff; Valdivia, who bats second, reached base three times and scored twice; and Schroeder did his part on the mound by throwing a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts. He came into the game with a 2.69 ERA and improved his record to 7-5.
"Danny was consistent. He always seems to struggle at first, but once he settled down he did a good job," Bayshore coach Ron Hirst said. "Our defense stayed focused. Schroeder has been our strikeout guy all season. He pounds the zone and attacks. To have those four guys in the top of the lineup is great. They come out and attack and give you an opportunity to have some big innings."
Southeast took a 1-0 lead in the first when Elijah Savage was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a single by Kareem Lewis and scored on an errant throw on an attempted pickoff at second.
The Seminoles made it 2-0 in the third. Krey Harwick doubled and scored on a throwing error on Lewis' infield single to short.
Southeast ended its season at 6-14-1. The Seminoles started three freshmen and two sophomores.
"I feel like we progressed and made some strides," Southeast coach Dan Durrance said. "We played a lot of young kids from the beginning and knew we would have our growing pains. But we got better as the season went on. We would fall into a rut where we score early, and then teams would come back on us."
Jaryed Pinto started for Southeast and held Bayshore relatively in check, limiting the Bruins to four runs over the first five innings. But the Bruins exploded for four runs in the sixth, taking advantage of three walks, Jerad Paparella's double and an infield single by Jose Rosado.
Bayshore will be at Boca Ciega for the district title game at 7 p.m. Friday. In the only meeting between the teams, the Bruins lost 5-1.