MANATEE -- Getting production from the heart of the order is expected by any baseball head coach, but receiving it from the bottom of the lineup is a bonus.
The latter is precisely what happened for Bayshore head coach Ron Hirst as his Bruins reeled off a 14-7 victory over Southeast on Tuesday in a Class 5A-District 12 quarterfinal.
Chase Richardson and Jose Rosado, batting from the No. 8 and 9 positions, respectively, combined to reach base safely six out of eight plate appearances to boost Bayshore's offensive output and send the Bruins (11-15) into Wednesday's semifinal at No. 1-seeded Dunedin.
Rosado, in particular, delivered the goods for Hirst with two doubles.
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His run-scoring extra-base knock in the bottom of the third came with two outs and jump-started Bayshore's offensive explosion after the Bruins trailed the Seminoles 5-3 in the early-going.
Richardson (1-for-2, two walks, two RBIs) scored on Rosado's first double.
Rosado, who plays second base for Bayshore, presents a quandary for Hirst: whether to jot his name down on the lineup card at the No. 2 hole or at
So far, scribbling it down at the bottom has proved successful for the heavy-hitting Bruins as Rosado has acted like a second leadoff hitter for Hirst's club.
"It does such a good job in the nine hole as far as getting on," Hirst said. "He hasn't been hitting the ball, in the beginning of the season he didn't stroke like he did (Tuesday), but towards the end here he's been getting hot."
Bayshore plated three runs in the first inning to build a 3-0 lead, before Southeast struck back for one in the second inning and four in the third.
Then the Bruins took over, scoring all six third inning runs with two outs. It's something that's happened quite often for Bayshore this season.
"It just clicks and I can't explain it," said Hirst, whose club has scored five or more runs with two outs on six occasions this year. "I only remember that, because it's so bizarre."
Meanwhile, Southeast (4-17) fell to Bayshore for the third time this season. The Noles, who boast a youthful roster (they return 11 players next year), took the fight to the Bruins in the first few innings before the wheels fell off.
That trend has been a familiar theme for Southeast's season, head coach Dan Durrance said.
"We were better early in the game, and then we couldn't find the strike zone on the mound," Durrance said. "Start walking people and then start leaving balls up around the belt. And those things get hit hard."
Julian Valdivia (1-for-2, three runs, two stolen bases), Jerad Paparella (2-for-4, double, three RBIs, two runs), Daniel Schroeder (double, RBI, three runs) joined Richardson and Rosado (2-for-3, two doubles, two RBIs, two runs) in leading Bayshore's attack.
For Southeast, Dylan Hanohano (3-for-4, two runs), Brandon Smith (double, RBI, run) and Keith Dunkelburger (2-for-3, double, two RBIs) led the way.