Sports beat: Santa Fe College drops state title game

Update: Robb Adams pitched a no-hitter in the state semifinals to propel Santa Fe College to the state title game, but the Saints ultimately fell in a rematch with Miami Dade College Sunday afternoon. 

Adams struck out seven, hit two batters, and walked just one in his complete-game gem in the semifinals. Designated hitter Nick Herndon led the team offensively, logging three hits and two runs scored in the victory. 

Santa Fe struggled early in the championship game against Miami Dade. Starting pitcher Mitchell Gross, who took the loss, gave up four runs on seven hits and couldn't get out of the third inning. 

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Facing a 5-0 deficit, the Saints clawed back to within a run at 6-5 after seven innings. But the Sharks scored four runs in the eighth to put the game away and win, 10-5. 

Our original story: 

For the second consecutive day the Santa Fe College baseball team won an elimination game via the mercy rule at the FCSAA state baseball tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

The No. 8 Saints (32-12) handed No. 20 Miami Dade College its first loss of the tournament with an 11-1 win in five innings.

Santa Fe will play Northwest Florida State College at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday in the semifinals. The winner will play MDC at 3 p.m. for the state title.

(JUCO SOFTBALL) – Indian River State College pitcher Jaden Williamson hit a grand slam in the second inning as the Pioneers defeated Santa Fe College, 5-1, at the FCSAA state softball tournament in Longwood.

The loss dropped the Saints (31-15) into the losers’ bracket.

Santa Fe, which was runner-up in the Mid-Florida Conference this season, will face MFC regular season champion College of Central Florida at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Patriots (43-7) are ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA DI poll.

The winner will play either No. 15 Pensacola State College or No. 1 Florida Southwestern State College at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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