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Mamea’s rocket seals Spartan Final Four ticket

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 5/18/23

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School baseball avenged last year’s 4-1 region final loss to North Florida Christian behind a sixth inning three run home run by senior Isaiah Mamea with St. …

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Mamea’s rocket seals Spartan Final Four ticket


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ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School baseball avenged last year’s 4-1 region final loss to North Florida Christian behind a sixth inning three run home run by senior Isaiah Mamea with St. Johns taking a 10-5 slugfest Monday night at St. Johns.

“I kind of felt the big hit coming and we were needing a spark,” said Mamea. “We were struggling, but we were getting on base and not scoring.”

The win puts the Spartans, now 25-4, back into the Class 2A Final Four after two years ago losing in the 2A championship game and, last year, losing to North Florida Christian, the eventual 2A runnerup to Miami Christian, in the same region championship game.

In the other three regions, Westminster Academy beat Miami Christian 3-1, Lakeland Christian beat Foundation 6-5 and Neumann beat Canterbury 9-4.

“We talk about the teams that we play throughout the season and know that this team is battle tested,” said Spartan coach Tom Lucas. “We play in Georgia and all the best upper class teams in the area to be ready for games like this.”

The Class 2A state semifinals are scheduled for Thurs., May 18 in Fort Myers with the championship game on Sat., May 20 at 11 a.m.

In the tense back and forth game against NFC, NFC scored the games first run off a base loaded single off starter Kody Daneault.

St. Johns answered with a Kyle Boylston single and a Jacob Thomas double to tie the game, but the Eagles answered that answer with back to back doubles to go up 2-1.

Daneault again answered the bell with a run scoring double pushing Kellen Brown across home plate on a nifty diving slide under NFC’s catcher.

“When I got the go sign as I headed to third base, I knew I had to keep my speed and time the dive,” said Brown, who executed a second home plate slide later in the game. “I just want to do my part of us winning games.”

NFC got their own two run homer in the third to get the game to 5-4 before St. Johns got Brown around the diamond again and at home on a Hunter Rodgers single to 6-4. Still in the third, Daneault doubled to put the score to 7-4.

Both teams exchanged a handful of pitchers; Jeff Henry and Trevor Bradley for St. Johns, before Mamea’s sixth inning dinger.