Pace Baseball returns to playoff success
Pace High School baseball hadn't won a playoff game in four years. That's a long time for a power program, but the drought is over and a state title is within sight.
Pace broke through with three playoff wins to earn a trip to the State Final Four next week, and the Patriots had to dig deep to make it happen. They erased a four-run deficit and gutted out a walk off win over Tate in the region semifinal.
In the region final against Creekside, Pace managed just two hits, but a hard earned 12 walks delivered a way to victory, It showed the type of gritty battle to the end team this is.
On a team full of disciplined hitters, senior Bennett Shell stands out. The South Alabama signee is hitting a stellar .443 and opponents often try to pitcher around him.
The pitching staff is also a huge reason Pace is still playing. The emergence of sophomore Christian McCullough has been key, but there is no doubt about the ace.
Junior Brandon Sproat has been lights out down the stretch. The University of Florida commit, brings a fastball in the 90's and has really turned a corner mentally this season.
Defense is also a difference maker for the Patriots. They've been close to perfect in the playoffs.
It all has Pace two wins away from a state title. They play Tampa Leto in the 7A semifinals on Wednesday in Fort Myers.