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Carrollwood Day falls to North Florida Christian, 3-2 in state semifinal

By Jarrett Guthrie

FORT MYERS – A fly ball that caught a favorable wind spelled disaster for Carrollwood Day’s hopes for a first-ever baseball state title. CDS fell just a run short to Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 3-2 in the Class 3A state semifinals from Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

In the third inning NFC (25-3) strung together timely hitting as Trent Phillips and JD Tease singled with two outs. That put cleanup hitter Carson Neal in the spotlight and he didn’t disappoint sending a 1-2 changeup into the wind and chasing CDS left fielder Zach Watts to the wall, where he watched as the ball skirted the fence and gave the Eagles a three-run lead.

“What can I say? One swing,” Carrollwood Day head coach Ken Akins said. “Wind-blown and that’s all they got, three runs. We had the opportunities to battle back … but we just came up short without another two-out hit when we needed it. That’s a great quality ball club over there.”

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