FORT MYERS — There were strikeouts, pickoffs, runners caught stealing, and yes, an 11th-inning hidden-ball trick. The starting pitchers for East Lake and Kissimmee Osceola dazzled in the Class 7A semifinals, but both left with no decisions as the game was scoreless for 12 innings.
East Lake senior Brad Deppermann went eight-plus innings, striking out 11 and allowing three hits, while Osceola starter Jake Grenus allowed seven hits and struck out six in eight innings.
The decider came on a shallow fly ball to right field from Ian Lisle in the 13th, plating Sawyer Wirth as East Lake topped Osceola 1-0.
The chances were numerous on both sides as each team left runners on, including 10 by East Lake. The Eagles were the victims of the hidden-ball trick in the 11th, erasing a chance to take over with consecutive one-out singles.
Each team turned to relievers, who went five innings each as the Eagles’ Steven Plaskett earned the win, striking out seven and allowing just two walks.
The Eagles had two-hit nights from Keegan Maronpot, Nick DeSantis and Andrew Monahan in the win.