8A State Baseball semis: Steinbrenner wins early morning game

By Katherine Smith, Bright House Sports Network
Last Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Steinbrenner waited a long time to make the school's first ever appearance in the state baseball championships.

Thanks to a weather delay, they had to wait a little while longer.

Steinbrenner got up bright and early to defeat Westland Hialeah 2-0 in the Class 8A state semifinals. The Warriors will play Hagerty, winners of the marathon semifinal game against Forest, for the 8A title LIVE on BHSN (Channel 47/HD 1147) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Shaky start for Stienbrenner as Westland Hialeah loaded the bases in the top of the first with a single, an error and a player hit by a pitch. But the Warriors calmed down and got out of the jam with a double play.

Nothing shaky about Steinbrenner's bats. They went to work early. FSU commit CJ Van Eyk singled and Patrick Morris drove him in with a double that rolled all the way to the outfield wall.

The Wildcats put runners on first and second in the top of the third with rare walks from Van Eyk. But once again, Westland Hialeah left runners stranded.

Steinbrenner followed suit in the bottom of the third.

The Warriors loaded the bases with one out, but all the runners were left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.

Morris came through again for Steinbrenner in the fifth with an RBI sac fly to left field to make it 2-0.

Down to one out to advance to the title game, the Warriors got a scare with a Westland Hialeah triple off the green monster. Coach John Crumbley conferred with Van Eyk and then the next Wildcats batter was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Van Eyk got a swinging strikeout for the final out.