A 10-run third inning propelled the Island Coast Gators into the championship game of the District 6A-13 baseball tournament.
The top-seeded Gators (15-8) routed Fort Myers 11-1 in five innings Wednesday in the semifinals at South Fort Myers.
In Friday's championship match, Island Coast faces No. 2 seed Ida Baker, a 3-0 winner over South Fort Myers.
The Gators were up 1-0 when they sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, an eruption that was capped by Kameron Gellinger's grand slam home run to right. The Gators had seven hits and two walks in the inning, and were aided by a pair of Fort Myers errors.
"The top of the order came out a little bit cold and the bottom of the order picked us up," said Gators coach Clinton Montgomery. "So the top of the order got rolling. In playoff baseball you've got to get contributions from someone different each night."
Quinn Bourque, making only his second start for the Gators, went all five innings. He gave up one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out one.
"Pitching-wise we have been running out of depth," Montgomery said. "We've had a couple of injuries to our pitching staff. Bourque stepped in there and gave us five innings. Now we've got (F.T.) Corso for Friday."
Christian Diaz hit two doubles and drove in a run for the Gators, while Josh Moody was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Fort Myers (9-19) went 0-8 in district play, but defeated Riverdale Tuesday in the opening game of the tournament.
"We got there (to the district final)," Montgomery said. "Now we've got to finish the deal."
Ft. Myers 00 0 10 - 1 2 2
Island Coast 01(10) 0x - 11 10 2
W - Bourque. L - Winter.
2B - Moody (IC).
HR - Gellinger (IC).