LAKE MARY — The members of Spruce Creek's baseball team knew they were battling two opponents in Thursday afternoon's regional semifinal: Lake Mary and Mother Nature.

Rain was always a possibility, if not a likelihood.

With the potential downpour on his mind, starting pitcher Cole Beverlin established a rhythm with a high tempo. With one out in the sixth, and his team trailing by a run, Sal Grinstead raced to first and hoped to tie the game as quickly as possible.

Then, the skies opened. And the Hawks' hopes for a rally were washed away.

Umpires ruled the field to be unplayable after an hour. Since the teams had completed five innings, it was ruled an official game, a 3-2 victory for host Lake Mary.

According to Article 4-2-4 of the Florida High School Athletic Association's baseball manual, "a game that has been called because of weather, mechanical failure or other conditions after four-and-one-half innings or five innings have been completed will be declared a completed game."

The only local program to survive the opening round of the playoffs, Spruce Creek finishes the season with a 19-9 record. Lake Mary (23-4) will host either Orlando Boone or Orlando Dr. Phillips in the region final at 7 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting, of course.

"It hurts," Hawks coach Johnny Goodrich said. "I know what the team was capable of, and I think there was still a lot fight in the dog. There's no doubt in my mind we would have had chances to win the game had we not been cut short by the weather."

Beverlin worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the opening frame and struck out seven batters through the first three innings. But, the Rams completely flipped the script in the space of three at-bats to start the fourth.

Ahmon Smith smacked a leadoff double and advanced to third on Jaiden Warde's single through the left side. Then, Albert Duran launched a go-ahead, three-run homer over the 373-foot mark in center field, just beyond the glove of Spruce Creek's Buster Staudt.

"Wrong pitch, wrong location," Beverlin said of a fastball that caught too much of the plate. "I didn't put it where it needed to be, and it ended badly."

Spruce Creek jumped in front in the second, taking advantage of some mistakes by the Lake Mary defense.

Camden Traficante was ruled safe on a slowly hit grounder to first when Austin Mitchell dropped the ball as he tagged the bag. Cameron Roa then reached on a picture-perfect bunt to load the bases.

It appeared Lake Mary got exactly what it wanted when Stadut chopped a comebacker to the mound, yet the Rams failed to execute a 1-2-3 double play. Brandon Marsh made them pay with a two-run single up the middle.

Marsh had an opportunity to extend the lead in the fourth with a pair of runners in scoring position, but grounded out to the pitcher. Lake Mary took the lead moments later.

"It sucks to go out this way," Beverlin said. "We gave it our all, and that's pretty much all we could control."