Today, more than 80% of global shipping involves containers. They're packed with everything from personal storage items in dry containers to heavy machinery on flat rack containers. For business owners shipping products, getting a container from point A to point B requires precise planning and high-level tracking. But that's easier said than done when global supply chains become over-congested, leading to loading time issues and delays.
That's bad news for business owners who are already under a massive amount of stress. The truth is that container storage delays can cripple a business, but there's a viable solution: drayage brokers in Jacksonville, FL like RelyEx. Drayage companies provide unique solutions to minimize demurrage and help ensure the successful delivery of your freight.
With more than 30 combined years of experience and a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx has quickly become the first choice for streamlined, efficient drayage services. To understand the true value of RelyEx's offerings in the global logistics industry, it helps to understand first what drayage is and why it's used.
If you're a seasoned business owner who uses port drayage to transport your products, you know exactly how important the service can be. But if you were to poll a group of random people, you may get five different definitions of the term "drayage." That begs the question, how is one of the most crucial steps in the supply chain and most vital components of global trade such a confusing concept? When you break it down, it's not too difficult to grasp.
Drayage, by definition, means the transportation of freight from an ocean port to another destination. Today, drayage is also used to describe the process of transporting products and goods over short distances or over "the first mile."
While drayage often means short-distance movements during the supply chain process, it's primarily used in the container shipping space. Drayage loads usually have arrival and departure points in the same city and don't include long-haul, national transportation.
Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:
You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.
To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.
Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.
If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.
But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.QUOTE REQUEST
RelyEx was created because our founders saw a need in the logistics space for more reliability and efficiency. The reality of the shipping and logistics industry is that it has become very transactional. It's an odd evolution, because most businesses seek a third-party logistics partner that is accessible, transparent, and committed to providing solutions.
As the logistics space continues to grow, it creates newfound expenses and complexities. Clients like ours know that and need a supply chain partner who is genuinely interested in their business. By understanding the needs of our customers and carriers, we can provide the most reliable, effective drayage services possible.
Unlike some drayage companies in Jacksonville, FL, we begin managing your containers before they ever hit the ports by mapping out the most efficient pathways of delivery. That way, our team can discover the best drayage pathways to expedite delivery time and reduce fees that cut into profits.
Our valued drayage customers choose RelyEx because:
At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.
RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:
Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.
When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.
Based in the port city of Jacksonville, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Customers choose RelyEx because:
Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.
Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.
Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.
Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.
With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.
Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.
As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.
Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.QUOTE REQUEST
Based in the port city of Jacksonville, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Demurrage is a charge issued by a port, carrier, or railroad company for storing containers that do not load and unload their cargo promptly. Once the daily limit of free time is exceeded, shippers are charged daily demurrage fees until their cargo is shipped. Though different ports have different policies, charges can range from $75 to $150 per container, per day, for a set number of days. Additional demurrage fees are incurred if a shipper exceeds the port's parameters.
Even when shippers maintain a tight schedule for unloading freight, external factors can play an uncontrollable part. Typically, shipping mistakes caused by human error trigger the most demurrage charges. Some of the most common causes of demurrage include:
Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.
If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.QUOTE REQUEST
Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.
Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:
At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.
When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.843-885-3082
It doesn’t take a tropical storm or hurricane to turn San Marco Boulevard into a no-wake zone. A simple hard rain floods the street.Sandbags at front of doors help but when disrespectful drivers speed on the water-covered road the entrance of Pink Salt Restaurant and Wine Bar is awash with a wave that inevitably goes under the door, owner and chef Richard Robinson said.There has been no water damage to the restaurant at 1430 San Marco Blvd., but it has hurt business, he said.Some soggy nights customers cancel their...
It doesn’t take a tropical storm or hurricane to turn San Marco Boulevard into a no-wake zone. A simple hard rain floods the street.
Sandbags at front of doors help but when disrespectful drivers speed on the water-covered road the entrance of Pink Salt Restaurant and Wine Bar is awash with a wave that inevitably goes under the door, owner and chef Richard Robinson said.
There has been no water damage to the restaurant at 1430 San Marco Blvd., but it has hurt business, he said.
Some soggy nights customers cancel their reservations. On others, Robinson has to call customers and tell them he is closing because the water is so bad.
“People may be coming in from Mandarin where there is no rain but here in San Marco we are flooded,” Robinson said.
This annoyance is one reason he is planning to move to the former Gene’s Seafood space at 1571 University Blvd. W. in Lakewood.
He hopes to open there by July.
He is in the permitting and zoning stage for the new location.
Two restaurants, one kitchen
When Robinson reopens, he will operate two restaurants in one building.
Pink Salt, and Veveta Tapas will combine the fine dining Pink Salt is known for with a more casual, small plates experience.
The restaurant also will have an emphasis on rum not only at the bar but in some of the recipes.
For example, the chicken bites will be honey glazed with a rum-based sauce.
“Rum is not well represented in the restaurant industry. Rum can be used for cooking just like bourbon,” Robinson said.
The rum library will range from affordable to higher-priced, hard-to-find bottles. Rum flights will be offered for those wanting to learn about the tropical spirit’s variety of flavors.
Dishes at Pink Salt, and Veveta Tapas will be a fusion of Caribbean, Asian and French influences.
Robinson, 39, is from Jamaica and for a time his mother, Veveta who the tapas restaurant is named after, operated a rum bar that served small snacks when he was a boy.
The business plan is to have the two restaurants in the same 5,000-square-foot operate out of one kitchen. Occupancy will increase from 150 to 190.
Robinson said outgrowing the San Marco kitchen space is another reason for the move.
The food at both restaurants in the new location will be prepared to order, from scratch. It is the way the Johnson & Wales University of Charleston culinary school graduate insists that his restaurants operate.
Customers will be able to mix and match items from both menus. Robinson said they should be prepared for the casual tapas to come out first because they are simpler to make than items on the Pink Salt menu.
Moving is not new to Robinson.
He opened the original Pink Salt at 6082 St. Augustine Road in 2018. It specialized in breakfast and brunch.
Later, he moved to 5111 Baymeadows Road in a former Italian restaurant.
When that spot posed problems, he moved in 2020 to San Marco in the former Vino’s Pizza & Grill space just before restaurants shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic was a learning experience. You never know what is going to happen and you have to prepare for those rainy days,” Robinson said.
“I will say that San Marco is a community that rallies behind their neighbors and their businesses.”
Pink Salt has 13 employees. When he opens the new location, Robinson expects he will need close to 40. The staff in San Marco will transfer to Lakewood.
Both restaurants also will be open for lunch.
While no exterior changes are expected, equipping the kitchen, installing a new HVAC system and furnishing the interior will cost about $180,000, he said.
Robinson’s mother still lives in Jamaica but visits regularly. She was in town when he told her about Veveta Tapas. He had to explain the tapas concept to her.
She immediately bought in and is eager to see her namesake restaurant.
“She calls me every day to ask what is the progress on the restaurant,” he said.
Besides providing Robinson with a business that is high and dry, the new location has more parking.
There is also a personal benefit.
“I literally can walk seven minutes to my home from where I am,” he said.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Construction is finally underway for the long-awaited Lasalle Street pump station.
On Wednesday, the City of Jacksonville, the Public Works Department, Haskell, and A&E Engineering held a groundbreaking ceremony at its new construction site in San Marco.
Over the years, San Marco has gained a reputation for massive flooding.
According to the city leaders, San Marco’s geography is shaped like a bowl, which means that it is very difficult for rainwater that collects in the middle of the neighborhood to flow out to the river.
The Director of Project Development with the Haskell Company, the Jacksonville based construction company working on the project, says the new pump station will help pump the excess water back into the St. John’s River.
“It will not eliminate all the flooding; it will significantly improve the conditions here. If it’s a foot or two you’re probably bringing it down to six inches,” said Joe Kantor the Director of Project Development.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville and left San Marco streets covered in water with nowhere to go.
Nearly six years later…flooding is still a major concern even without a major storm pummeling through the region.
Sharon Maszy lived in San Marco for 27 years and says it’s awful just after heavy rain.
“Well, you can’t drive down the street after a big rain. I’m sure a lot of the neighbors that lived on these streets are trapped,” said Sharon Maszy.
Nancy Cunningham is fairly new to San Marco; she has only lived here for about three years.
In that short time, she says she saw multiple businesses leave the area because of the constant floods.
“A lot of the businesses have gone under because of the flooding… they cannot stay here because of it,’ said Nancy Cunningham.
While the new pump isn’t putting a complete end to flooding, both residents believe it’s a step in the right direction.
“This is very encouraging; this is a good thing,” said Sharon Maszy.
“Another pump station can only help the situation,” said Nancy Cunningham.
The Lasalle Street Pump is just one of a series of planned improvements in the San Marco area.
The project is expected to be completed by November 2024.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will play under the lights at least three times during the 2023 regular season.Last week, the team got official word from the NFL that they’ll play three prime-time games and five total standalone games during the year with the ...
The Jacksonville Jaguars will play under the lights at least three times during the 2023 regular season.
Last week, the team got official word from the NFL that they’ll play three prime-time games and five total standalone games during the year with the NFL’s schedule release coinciding with the Jaguars’ performance from a season ago, winning the AFC South.
Jacksonville’s expectations have risen since the arrival of head coach Doug Pederson in 2022 after years of disappointing seasons.
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By virtue of schedule rotation, the Jaguars will play the NFC South this year along with the AFC North. The team will also play the first-place teams within the AFC, including the Buffalo Bills (AFC East) and the Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West) along with the San Francisco 49ers, who won the NFC West last year.
Jacksonville will also play the AFC South, as usual, giving the team a total strength of schedule of .479, ranked 23rd in the league.
Compared to last year’s records, Jacksonville's relatively soft schedule should bode well for the team. Still, let’s take a look by going game-by-game in an effort to predict what is likely to come for the Jaguars this season.
Prediction: Jaguars, 31, Colts 14
Thoughts: The Jaguars start their season off strong. They’ll face either a rookie quarterback (Anthony Richardson) or Gardner Minshew. That’s a win.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Jaguars 21
Thoughts: While this game could go either way and is at home for Jacksonville, the Chiefs are simply too good of a team to overcome early. Plus, have you seen Patrick Mahomes’ September record? It's 13-3. The Jaguars will have to wait until the playoffs to exact their revenge on Kansas City.
Prediction: Jaguars 24, Texans 7
Thoughts: The Jaguars get this done effortlessly. The Texans have a long way to go and will be starting a rookie QB in CJ Stroud.
Prediction: Jaguars 28, Falcons 14
Thoughts: The team’s first game in London shouldn’t be difficult. The Falcons’ QB situation makes them a tough team to pick even with Bijan Robinson in the fold.
Prediction: Bills 28, Jaguars 21
Thoughts: After an easy win the previous week, Jacksonville stays in London and travel fatigue sets in. Bills take this one, but it will be a tough battle.
Prediction: Colts 24, Jaguars 17
Thoughts: After two-straight London games, the Jaguars come back home and fall to the Colts, who have an improved Richardson at the helm. This is a typical trap game before a matchup against the Saints.
Prediction: Jaguars 21, Saints 14
Thoughts: Feeling disgusted by their previous loss, the Jaguars get this one done under the bright lights in the Bayou.
Prediction: Jaguars 28, Steelers 17
Thoughts: The Jaguars have owned the Steelers, historically. This is a renewed rivalry, but the team gets it done on the road to cap their only back-to-back road games of the season.
Prediction: 49ers 31, Jaguars 14
Thoughts: Coming off a bye week, this one doesn’t have to be a blowout, but it could, especially considering 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and the 49ers’ fantastic defense. This could be the only clunker by Jacksonville in the season.
Prediction: Jaguars 21, Titans 10
Thoughts: The Jaguars’ first matchup against the fighting Arden Keys went well and they took the second-place Titans down with ease.
Prediction: Jaguars 28, Texans 17
Thoughts: Again, the Texans have a long way to go. This one should come easy as they sweep Houston for the first time since 2017.
Prediction: Jaguars, 24, Bengals 21
Thoughts: This one will be tough, but the Jaguars are fortunate to play this one at home. The crowd will be going crazy ala last year’s season-ender and playoff game. Lawrence will finally beat Burrow.
Prediction: Jaguars 21, Browns 20
Thoughts: This game will be a sneaky tough matchup for Jacksonville. The Browns aren’t a powerhouse, but it would make sense if Deshaun Watson returned to form by this point. Still, the Jaguars' defense holds steady, and they sneak out of Cleveland with a win.
Prediction: Jaguars 35, Ravens 31
Thoughts: Another game that could go either way depending on who is healthy. The Jaguars barely beat the Ravens last year without Odell Becham Jr. And rookie Zay Flowers in the fold. Still, Jacksonville’s offense is too good to overcome for Baltimore.
Prediction: Jaguars 28, Buccaneers 14
Thoughts: The Buccaneers are about to experience a serious rebuild during their life after Tom Brady. This should come easy for Jacksonville late in the year.
Prediction: Panthers 28, Jaguars 21
Thoughts: There is always one head-scratcher loss for teams and that’s this one for the Jaguars. Panthers rookie QB Bryce Young should be very improved by this point and Jacksonville gets caught napping.
Prediction: Jaguars, 21, Titans 14
Thoughts: The Jaguars sweep the Titans for a second-straight year. They’ll be playing this game for seeding purposes within the AFC, attempting to capture the second seed.
Final Record: 12-5
Demetrius Harvey is the Jacksonville Jaguars reporter for the Florida Times-Union. You can follow him on Twitter at @Demetrius82.
Four boxing legends will come together this weekend for a seminar at Combat Club Martial Arts and Fitness in Jacksonville.The seminar is being held on May 20 and will welcome WBO world champion boxer and Olympic gold medalist “Merciless” Ray Mercer, 7x WKA world champion heavyweight kickboxer Dennis “Hurricane” Lane, PKA world champion boxer Demetrius “Oaktree” Edwards, who is also known for fighting Mike Tyson, and professional Muay Thai fighter Kaleb Hunter.Mercer is an Army veteran and tol...
Four boxing legends will come together this weekend for a seminar at Combat Club Martial Arts and Fitness in Jacksonville.
The seminar is being held on May 20 and will welcome WBO world champion boxer and Olympic gold medalist “Merciless” Ray Mercer, 7x WKA world champion heavyweight kickboxer Dennis “Hurricane” Lane, PKA world champion boxer Demetrius “Oaktree” Edwards, who is also known for fighting Mike Tyson, and professional Muay Thai fighter Kaleb Hunter.
Mercer is an Army veteran and told The Daily News he had already been in the military for a few years before ever putting on a pair of boxing gloves. But once he put those gloves on, that was it.
“I just wanted to be a boxer and I had the military behind me,” Mercer said. “Then, five years after putting on the pair of gloves, I won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics by knocking four of my opponents out, which I think that’s the first time that had ever happened. I am also the last heavyweight to win a gold medal from the United States. In ‘91, I won the WBO (World Boxing Organization) world title.”
Mercer also competed in a couple of MMA fights later on, but he laughed that those didn’t turn out so well. But despite being out of his element, he said he’s an athlete, so it didn’t stop him.
Mercer stopped boxing in 2009 at the age of 49 and had visited the eastern North Carolina area when Lane invited him for a soccer game. He was then invited to be a part of the upcoming seminar and said he can’t wait to be there.
He added he will be signing pictures and sharing his experience with Jacksonville’s youth.
“I love interacting with kids and everything and teaching them about bullying, I’m in a bullying program and all that, so I’ll talk about a couple of things while I’m there,” Mercer said.
Lane, a seven-time World Kickboxing Association world champion is originally from New Bern, and a five-year Marine Corps veteran.
Lane told The Daily News he began his career in Germany and then moved to Mississippi where he had a great football career before joining the Marine Corps.
He said he was the last heavyweight to ever have a world title in every rule of fighting in kickboxing. He retired in 2001 and Combat Club Martial Arts and Fitness in Jacksonville is actually his base gym.
“They’ve always made me home, got a lot of history on those walls,” Lane said. “We’ve got hundreds of years of knowledge coming into that room. We’ve got Demetrius coming, he’s the first black world champion in kickboxing in this country. We hope we get a good turnout, and we drop some knowledge to the youth that’s coming up.”
Lane added he also hopes to educate the youth on life decisions.
Professional Muay Thai fighter Kaleb Hunter agrees, as he was bullied a lot as a kid and told The Daily News that’s why he got into Muay Thai.
Hunter has competed up and down the east coast, as well as in Nevada and Thailand. He said he’s competed in 41 fights as an amateur, winning the WBC (World Boxing Council) belt, the local International Kickboxing Federation belt twice and the World Kickboxing Association belt.
As a professional, he won the IGF championship and competed on Glory, Lion Fight and Freedom Fight Promotions. He also fought in the Olympic trials. Hunter said he started training at the age of 14.
“I got involved with the seminar because the gym I’m currently coaching at introduced me to this, they’re a sister gym to them,” Hunter said. “My goal is to educate people on an area that most westerners are lacking in.”
Demetrius “Oaktree” Edwards was not available for an interview but will also be in attendance at the seminar.
For more information on the upcoming seminar, contact the club at 910-378-2003. Early registration closes on May 19 and tickets cost $65, with registration at the door costing $75.
There will also be a meet and greet dinner at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the Sleep Inn, located at 129 Circuit Lane in Jacksonville.
The numbers on the scoreboard couldn't discourage Brett Dennis as he entered his penultimate inning at his home ballpark."I was just so confident that they could go get the runs that they needed to get," the Providence senior pitcher said, "and I was going to go slam the door as soon as they did."Check… and check.Providence rallied from a sixth-inning hole, defeating Ocala Trinity Catholic 4-3 in Tuesday night's Florida High School Athletic Association Region 1-3A baseball final ...
The numbers on the scoreboard couldn't discourage Brett Dennis as he entered his penultimate inning at his home ballpark.
"I was just so confident that they could go get the runs that they needed to get," the Providence senior pitcher said, "and I was going to go slam the door as soon as they did."
Check… and check.
Providence rallied from a sixth-inning hole, defeating Ocala Trinity Catholic 4-3 in Tuesday night's Florida High School Athletic Association Region 1-3A baseball final and punching the Stallions' ticket for this week's final four in Fort Myers.
The Stallions (25-4) travel to Hammond Stadium for a 10 a.m. Friday meeting with Clearwater Calvary Christian, the team's first state semifinal since 2016, buoyed by 3 2/3 innings of shutout pitching from Dennis in relief of starter Donovan Rabiei.
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Down 3-2 in the sixth, Providence moved into the lead off Celtics reliever Preston Wright, who entered with an 0.67 ERA but got hit by a pitch in the top of the frame and encountered trouble thereafter.
Mason Wortmann, Ben Barrow and finally Jimmie Broughton singled to produce the Stallions' tying run. Then, after Brooks Hicken drew a walk, Nove Masci hit a grounder to short. When Trinity Catholic failed to turn two, Barrow crossed the plate with the eventual game-winner.
Dennis, who had performed similar duty in Friday's second round against Wolfson, limited Trinity Catholic to two hits after entering in the fourth.
"Just like the other night," Providence coach Tommy Boss said, "I wanted the ball in Brett's hands when the game was on the line. Man, I couldn't be more proud of him."
Providence scored one each in the first and third before the Celtics (21-9) jumped in front with three runs in the fourth, off a combination of walks, errors and an Anthony Vizzini RBI single.
Grand slams are becoming a habit in Lake City.
Ayden Phillips capped the Tigers' regionals with a seventh-inning grand slam as the brightest highlight as Columbia beat Clay 7-1 in Green Cove Springs. The Tigers play 10 a.m. Monday against Plantation American Heritage in the state final four in Fort Myers, their second state semifinal in as many seasons.
Last Friday, Josh Fernald delivered a walk-off grand slam in the seventh to beat Tallahassee Lincoln. This time, Fernald hit a two-run triple and dominated on the mound with a four-hitter, striking out 11.
Columbia (24-5) struck with a run in the first, added two in the third and piled on with Phillips' grand slam in the final frame. Clay (23-7) tallied its lone run in the fifth, when Aidan Hampton tripled and scored on an error.
Neither rain nor lightning nor dark of night could keep Bishop Kenny from the final four.
After waiting out two delays, Trey Seeker knocked in the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning to lead the Crusaders past host Baker County 3-2 and into their first final four in the FHSAA history books since 2008.
Ben Monger went the distance in a four-hitter for Bishop Kenny (18-10), which heads to Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers for a 4 p.m. state semifinal on Friday against Tampa Jefferson. Thunderstorms delayed Tuesday's start by an hour and a half, and play stopped again due to temporary light failure in the seventh with two Crusaders aboard.
Colson Altman struck out 13 batters for the Wildcats (22-7), who seized a 2-0 lead in the third on Titus Richardson's two-RBI single.
But Kenny tied the score in the sixth on Franco Chaluja's single followed by an error, and edged in front in the seventh. After singles by Andrew McWilliams and Joshmar Carbonell, Seeker knocked in the go-ahead RBI. Baker County brought the tying run into scoring position in the final frame but Monger nailed down the final two outs to clinch for the Crusaders.