Trinity Christian scored nine runs in the fifth inning and weathered a late comeback to eliminate Providence and qualify for the Class 4A state baseball semifinals.

Before his Trinity Christian team turned the Providence baseball diamond into its collective merry-go-round in the fifth inning, head coach Gil Morales never saw it coming.

"Could I ever imagine that?" he said. "Absolutely not."

But he's not complaining about the result, a nine-run fifth that blew open the Region 1-4A final and earned Trinity Christian an 11-8 victory and a trip to the FHSAA championship series in Fort Myers.

The Conquerors survived a comeback when Tyler Isenberg forced Providence to strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, capping a rare Thursday morning contest after two prior postponements.

Just two weeks ago, Providence (24-6) had ended the Conquerors' district tournament early in a 14-4 run rule rout, but the visitors flipped everything upside down in their parade around the basepaths.

"Last time we played them, their whole team was telling us, 'Y'all can't hit, y'all can't hit,'" Isenberg said. "The last few weeks, all we've been doing is hitting and hitting, and it showed today."

After scoring just twice off Stallions starter Tyler Callihan through four, Trinity (21-8) unleashed the bats in the fifth, transforming a 3-2 deficit into an 11-3 lead as Providence deployed pitcher after pitcher — five in all — to the mound in an effort to stop the flood of runs.

In a 13-at-bat, 38-minute top of the fifth, nine Trinity runners crossed the plate, fueled by three walks, a two-RBI double by Matt Crump, four other hits and three errors.

"This team's played good defense all year. It's very uncharacteristic of us for that to happen," Stallions coach Mac Mackiewitz said of the errors, including two wild infield throws that brought home runs. "But that definitely hurt us. I think it turned a two- or three-run inning into the nine-run inning."

Trinity needed them all. Providence got three runs back on Tyler Johnson's fifth-inning homer and two more in the seventh when Callihan crushed a pitch over the right-field fence.

The Stallions loaded the bases on a Nathan Hickey double and a pair of two-out walks, bringing the winning run to the plate. That prompted Morales to call for Isenberg, who had started the day as the second baseman.

"When they got the bases loaded, I said, 'I want the ball. I just want to get that last out,'" Isenberg said.

Center fielder Dawson Fietsam clinched that out, tracking down a deep line drive off the bat of Providence sophomore Davis Griffin.

The teams combined for four homers, from Providence's Hickey, Callihan and Johnson and Trinity's Isenberg, amidst stiff southwest winds blowing to straightaway center.

Trinity next advances to play 4 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Myers against Clearwater Calvary Christian, ranked first in the nation in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, or Ocala Trinity Catholic. Their regional final was also twice postponed by rain.

Morales, who won the 2015 state championship with Trinity and earned three others at Eagle's View, called Providence "the best-hitting team in the city." But the Conquerors were the best-hitting team in the fifth inning, and they made it count.

"He [Mackiewitz] got me in the last game and we got one this game," Morales said. "We could go 10 games and go 5-5. We just happened to win the one that mattered."