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Shaun Anderson

Shaun Anderson of American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) competed evenly with Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)'s top pitcher Lance McCullers for six innings, allowing No. 9 hitter Brandon Diaz to come through with the big hit in Thursday's Florida Class 5A state semifinal matchup.

Anderson threw seven shutout innings against McCullers, who was 13-0 entering the game and is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the nation. McCullers went six innings and gave up no runs on five hits with nine strikeouts.

With McCullers out of the game in the top of the eighth, Diaz, who had not played the last three weeks of the season due to injury according to the Miami Herald, uncorked a three-run homer off of Jesuit reliever John Kilichowski. Brandon Vicens walked and Dallas Perez singled ahead of Diaz to provide the other runs.

The loss ends the season for Jesuit, which was 28-1 and ranked No. 6 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 entering the game. American Heritage (26-4), ranked No. 14, moves on to play Ponte Vedra (21-8) in the Class 5A state finals.