SEMINOLE — East Lake went to Seminole and got just enough offense to secure the Class 7A District 9 second seed.
Shortstop Keegan Maronpot drove in the Eagles' eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth Tuesday night with an infield single that put East Lake up for good, 2-1.
The base hit capped a 3-for-3 effort at the plate for Maronpot on a night where runs were hard to come by.
“In a situation like that I just had to get the run in,” the senior said of his two-out at-bat in the extra frame with Brad Deppermann standing at third. “I wanted to hit the ball hard and try to get the base hit.”
Prior to Maronpot's clutch hit, it appeared the Eagles were in the midst of letting yet another scoring opportunity slip away. Getting runners on base wasn't so much the problem Tuesday – the Eagles collected eight total hits and four free passes – but keeping those bodies on the base paths trotting toward home proved to be a challenge.
East Lake made five outs on the bases throughout the night, which included getting picked off three times at first. The last of those three came in the eighth just prior to Maronpot's game-winning hit.
The Eagles were able to power through the miscues thanks in large part to another rock-solid performance on the hill from Deppermann. The senior starter surrendered just three hits and a run over six innings of work while striking out eight Warhawks.
Seminole's run came in the sixth and tied the game at 1-1. Chris Berry shot the first pitch he saw the other way into right field for an RBI single. Berry, the Warhawks' junior first baseman, collected two of his team's three total hits.
Deppermann's work wasn't limited to the mound, though. He went 2-for-3 with a bat in his hands and initially spotted the Eagles their 1-0 lead in the fifth with a run-scoring sacrifice fly to deep left field.
Austin Lamoreux toed the rubber well Tuesday for Seminole, surrendering an unearned run on four hits and striking out seven.
Neither starter factored into the decision. East Lake reliever Steven Plaskett earned the victory by shutting down Seminole batters for no hits, walks or runs over the final two innings.
Tuesday's victory puts East Lake (15-7, 7-3) in second place in the District 7A-9 standings and keeps Seminole (12-10, 3-6) in fifth. The Eagles and first-place Northeast will have first-round byes when the league tournament begins April 22 at Countryside High.
East Lake plays once more this week, traveling to Lakewood Ranch on Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Seminole wraps up its district schedule Thursday at Northeast and then heads to Tampa for a Saturday night road game against Jesuit.
EL - 000 010 01 --- 2-8-0
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WP – Steven Plaskett (2-1)
LP – Kyle Frickman (3-1)
East Lake (15-7, 7-3)
Keegan Maronpot – 3-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Brad Deppermann – ND, 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 8 K, 1 BB – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 Sac Fly
Steven Plaskett – W, 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB
Seminole (12-10, 3-6)
Austin Lamoreux – ND, 5.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP
Chris Berry – 2-for-3, 1 RBI
Kyle Frickman – L, 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 K, 0 BB