Jupiter baseball heading back to States, beating Stoneman Douglas in rematch

The Jupiter baseball team dogpiles near the mound after winning the Region Title. (WPEC)

The Jupiter Warriors baseball team lost in the State Semifinals last year - and their starting pitcher Jake Garland, guaranteed a return trip this year. They entered Tuesday night one win away from making that guarantee a reality.

Garland came through in his promise, throwing a complete game three-hitter, striking out nine, and the Warriors beat rival Stoneman Douglas 2-1 in Jupiter.

The Warriors scored their two runs in the first two innings, with the second run coming on a balk that infuriated Eagles coach Todd Fitz-Gerald.

Garland coasted through the first four perfect innings. He pitched himself out of jams in the fifth and sixth, with the biggest play of the game coming on a double play in the sixth, which scored a run for MSD, but helped Jupiter end the rally.

MSD beat Jupiter in the Regional Finals in 2016, and went on to win the State Championship. Jupiter beat them in the Regional Finals last year, but lost in the State Semifinals. The Warriors now head to Fort Myers at the end of next week, to try to get that elusive state championship.

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