BRADENTON -- Coming off its first district championship in six years, the Bayshore High baseball team had momentum.
Unfortunately, the Bruins couldn't ride that emotion to another victory and were hit with some bad luck in dropping a 6-0 Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinal to Tampa Robinson on Wednesday night.
It was one of those games you wish you could do over.
The Bruins hit a lot of balls hard, but most went right at a defender and the Robinson players made some tough stops on the ones that didn't.
"We hit the ball really hard, but we ran into a quality pitcher and their defense played great. Some of our hardest-hit balls were outs," Bayshore head coach Ron Hirst said. "They played great defense and had timely hitting and we didn't. Things didn't go our way tonight. We were up and down most of the season, but at the end we saw our kids get it. We won a district championship and you want to finish strong."
Bayshore ace Daniel Schroeder went the distance for the Bruins, who finish the season at 13-15. Robinson (10-15) got two runs apiece in the first two innings and right-hander Patrick Kiszla made that hold up.
A walk, single and a bunt single along with a passed ball accounted for Robinsons first-inning runs. The Knights used a walk and back-to-back RBI singles for their second-inning runs and took advantage of two errors and a double to plate two more in the fourth.
"Overall I thought he (Dan) had a good night. Their hitters beat him on quality pitches," Hirst said. "Normally he gets more strikeouts, but they are a good contact team. Their kid (Kiszla) was hitting his spots and throwing his curveball for strikes. We hit the ball hard all night but couldn't get the breaks and that's the way it goes sometimes in baseball."
Bayshore put runners on base in each of the first five innings, but went down in order in the sixth and seventh and had only four hits for the game.
Derek Paparella went two-for-three with two singles and Julian Valdivia had a single and a double for Bayshore's only extra base hit.
It was the final game for Schroeder, Valdivia and Jerad Paparella, who started four years and brought respectability back to the program making two playoff appearances during that span.
"The ball just doesn't bounce your way sometimes. We hit the ball hard right at guys and their defense played a heck've game," Jerad Paparella said. "That is baseball, sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. But we accomplished what we set out to do. We wanted to win a district championship and that is what we did."
The Bruins return five players who started their final game, but lose stalwart pitchers Schroeder and Valdivia, who got the win over Boca Ciego to capture the district championship.
"I've got to hand it to them. They had great hitters. I had my stuff going. I thought we had the momentum, but they just out played us," Schroeder said.