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Mack Estrada backflipped with sheer excitement after his team won the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal 11-1 over Tampa Prep Saturday night at Lakeland Christian School.

The reason being: the starting pitcher struck out seven, walked four and allowed just one earned run, two hits in five innings of action, four scoreless innings and one 1-2-3 inning.

He is also 8-0 this year.

A simple backflip was symbiotic of the seminal performance the first-year varsity pitcher produced against the No. 22 team in 3A. But really, it was just a gesture he’s always done to hype everyone up.

In the end, it was all about his approach on the mound.

“The whole week I had been working on my pitches (so I) can get a feel for it and whenever I got into the game, I was just confident with all my stuff so I could throw without having to worry too much,” Estrada said.

There was no reason for Estrada to worry. The right-hander was whizzing the baseball in the low-90s, perfectly setting up hitters for his sliders — a pitch he retired numerous batters with.

LCS batter Brody Donay hits an RBI single to make the score 8-1 in a Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal game against Tampa Prep.  Brody went 2-for-3 on the day.

His pitches kept the Tampa offense at bay, too, which allowed the Lakeland Christian offense to open up the game. Soon-to-be Division I player Brody Donay hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the third — his ninth of the year — to make the score 3-1 and RBI singled in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 8 -one.

Donay was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; shortstop Wyatt Jenkins went 2-for-3 with an RBI and right fielder Colby Brewington hit 2-for-3, too, which increased the total amount of hits to eight for the Vikings.

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