Timo Aracena homered, helping Vero Beach overcome an early deficit to defeat Treasure Coast 6-3 to claim the District 9-7A championship on Thursday.
Treasure Coast quickly jumped out in front of Vero Beach — taking a 3-0 just three batters into the game.
Vero Beach didn’t panic. Instead, the team shut down Treasure Coast the rest of the way.
Elon signee Jake Nolan, who was roughed up for those three runs, settled down to earn the win as the program took its fifth straight district title.
Treasure Coast jumped out on top when Danny Martinez lofted a three-run home run to right-center field, scoring Brady Nash and Nate Miller, who led off the game with back-to-back singles.
Vero Beach quickly narrowed the gap in the home half of the first with two runs, including an RBI double from Laheim Bell.
Vero Beach tied it on Jake Randolph’s RBI single in the second inning.
In the bottom of the third, Vero Beach (22-1) seized the lead on Aracena’s two-run homer that also plated Max Swords.
Swords added an RBI single in the sixth for his third hit of the night.
Nolan ended up going the distance, allowing only two hits after the shaky first inning. He had eight strikeouts.
Vero Beach next will host Palm Beach Central in a 7A regional quarterfinal May 7.
“I’m just so proud of our team as they have worked their tails off, they want to practice and work hard on and off the field,” Vero Beach head coach Bryan Rahal said. “They have learned how to respond to adversity and how to handle it to turn it into a positive. The attitude of our team has sent us in the right direction.”
Jaden Paradoa struck out eight in five innings for Treasure Coast (11-8), which will travel to play Palm Beach Gardens on May 7.
– Gage Brown, Special to TCPalm
Okeechobee 4, South Fork 3
Freshman Gavin Kindell brought home the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth inning on an RBI single and threw the final four innings in relief to give Okeechobee a victory over South Fork for the District 14-5A championship, its first such title in seven years.
South Fork struck first when DJ Johns knocked in Jacob Anderson, who led off the second inning with an opposite field double.
South Fork (8-13) tacked on a run in the third inning to go up 2-0.
Okeechobee took a 3-2 lead in the bottom via an RBI double from Mason Diefenbach, and two more runs from South Fork errors.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth when Conner Wiggins — who threw the first four innings for South Fork — lined an RBI double to left-center.
Okeechobee took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when Kindell singled in Braison Crews.
The win gave Okeechobee its first district title since 2014.
Okeechobee will host Eau Gallie in 5A regional quarterfinal play while South Fork will