State College of Florda Manatees ousted from state baseball tournament

Season ends for Manatees in loss to Miami Dade

jdill@bradenton.comMay 13, 2014 

Tyler Souris pitches in practice for State College of Florida Wednesday. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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State College of Florida's baseball season came to an end Monday at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Manatees fell to Miami Dade College for the second time in the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament.

After sending SCF to the loser's bracket on Saturday, Miami Dade eliminated the Manatees 4-3 on Monday.

SCF (32-20) entered the tournament as the seventh seed and won two postseason games -- beating Tallahassee in Friday's state opener and eliminating Palm Beach State on Sunday -- before bowing out against Miami Dade.

The Manatees, though, did hold a brief lead against the Sharks.

Sean Trent delivered a key two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to give SCF a 3-2 lead.

The play came with two outs and looked like a momentum builder.

But Miami Dade answered immediately. The Sharks plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning to regain the lead, which chased Manatees starting pitcher Devon Carr from the game.

From there, SCF couldn't push across a tying run against Miami Dade hurler Jonathan Bermudez.

The best chance for the Manatees to tie the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when SCF put a runner on third base.

However, Bermudez escaped the jam unscathed and the left-hander retired SCF in order in the final three innings to clinch the victory for the Sharks.

The crafty southpaw struck out two batters in the final frame, including the last out that eliminated the Manatees.

There are 14 sophomores that are departing off the 2014 squad, including University of Missouri-bound pitcher Reggie McClain and former area prep stars such as Trevor Beeman (Manatee), Chase Sandberg (Manatee), Carr (Cardinal Mooney) and Bryan Van Vranken (Lakewood Ranch).

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