State College of Florida freshman Paige Mathews, who was named state pitcher of the year on Thursday, dominated Northwest Florida State College by firing a six-hit shutout and striking out 10 on Friday in SCF's 4-0 win in the opener of the Florida College System Athletics Association state tournament in Pensacola.
Mathews combined with winning pitcher Chelsea Oglevie to win the second game, 3-2, over Tallahassee Community College, sending the Manatees to today's winner's bracket final. SCF got all three of its runs in the fourth inning, when Ashley Bruney launched a three-run homer.
In the first game, Gianni Artidiello went 2-for-4 with a double, and Bruney and Ashley Brooks had back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.
The Manatees are 45-10.
DUNEDIN 9, BAYSHORE 0 -- One year removed from a regional berth, the host Falcons cruised past the Bruins to earn the Class 5A-District 12 title.
Pitcher Aaron Chesson (6-2) earned the win for Dunedin (19-7), striking out seven and allowing only two hits and two walks during the shutout.
Brian Anderson led the Falcons in hitting, going 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, and two RBIs.
Bayshore (14-13) advances to play in a regional semifinal on the road next week.
Track and field
CLASS 1A STATE MEET -- Cardinal Mooney middle-distance runner Grace Casagrande turned in the area's best performance at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, finishing fifth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 19.09 seconds.
ODA's Fred Porter also earned a medal, coming in sixth in the 200 dash in 22.54 seconds.
Hannah Howell scored Saint Stephen's lone point by placing eighth in the 300 hurdles in 47.58 seconds.
Southeast's Kevin Williams will compete in the Class 2A state meet today.
-- Herald staff reports