Knights get combined no-hitter


Alex Kennell and Matt Weidenbach combined on a shortened no-hitter as Creekside shut out Englewood 10-0 in the Region 1-6A baseball quarterfinals on Thursday night.

The Knights, state semifinalists in 2013, took advantage of a string of Englewood miscues in a three-run second. On the mound, Kennell was nearly flawless, allowing only one baserunner through four before Weidenbach closed the game down in the fifth.

Leadoff hitter Dillon Reed had three hits to pace the attack, while Josh Alvarado had two hits and batted in three runs. Allen was the only starter with three plate appearances to not reach base, but added a sacrifice fly that fell just short of a grand slam as part of a decisive five-run fourth inning. Connor Michalski scored three runs.

Creekside will meet the winner of the rescheduled Bartram Trail-Forrest game. After a 42-year wait for a playoff game, the Rebels had to wait one more day after rain postponed their quarterfinal until 7 p.m. Friday.

Middleburg’s Region 1-6A quarterfinal at Pensacola Escambia was also postponed to Friday due to storms.



On a night when Sean Reid-Foley showed the world he’s ready for nine-inning baseball, the 10th inning was Sandalwood’s undoing. The Sandalwood right-hander, projected as an elite prospect in next month’s Major League Baseball draft, pitched eight strong innings, but Hagerty’s Casey Crawford drove in the 10-inning game-winner to defeat the Saints. At the end of a grueling contest, Hagerty’s Tristan Tucker reached base with one out, advanced to second on a defensive miscue, and scored on Crawford’s base hit off reliever Alec Wisely.

It was a painful ending to a sterling high school career for Reid-Foley, who finished the night with 12 strikeouts. He allowed three hits and both runs he allowed were unearned. After the Saints took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Hagerty clawed back one run in the first and another in the fifth to tie the score. … In other action, Mandarin (19-7) tumbled out of the playoffs in a 4-1 loss to visiting DeLand. Nick Fortes homered to spark a four-run fourth for the Bulldogs (18-10).



Zach Smith went 3 for 3 and host Episcopal saw every batter reach base in a 10-5 win over West Nassau. Quinn Pattillo, Chad Feeley, Billy Remley and Thursal White all had two hits apiece for the Eagles, who fell into a 4-0 hole in the top of the second and then roared back. Bailey Moore doubled twice for the Warriors (13-11). Episcopal (18-10) will host Trinity Christian in a Tuesday regional semifinal. The Conquerors used a 12-strikeout performance by Ryan Aspinwall to bounce Yulee 4-2.



Visiting Trinity Catholic wasted no time in knocking Fort White from the postseason, dropping the Indians 8-2. The Indians finished 13-12. … Bradford found the going just as difficult in a 2-0 loss to the Villages. The Tornadoes finished 17-11.



Eagle’s View advanced to the regional semifinals, riding a strong performance by pitcher A.J. Labas to a 7-1 victory at St. Joseph. Labas pitched six innings and drove in two runs. The Warriors, state champions in 2005, 2007 and 2008, travel to Providence in Tuesday’s Region 1-3A semifinal.



Christ’s Church Academy’s season ended in a 3-0 loss against Aucilla Christian. The Warriors’ Shawn Blue allowed just two hits. The Eagles finished at 11-11. … Cedar Creek Christian’s run ended with a 5-0 loss to host Quincy Munroe. The Saints finished 19-10.