St. Michael second baseman Dwain Varisco’s favorite moment from the 2015 major league season was Jose Bautista’s now infamous bat flip in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series.

So when Varisco hit a solo homer in the Warriors’ 7-3 win against Beau Chene in Game 1 of their second-round, Class 4A playoff series, he decided he wouldn’t miss the chance to bring a little fun back to baseball.

Varisco said it was partly unintentional, but he couldn’t help but get excited as he watched the ball bounce off the roof of the batting cages behind the left field fence of St. Michael’s home field.

“I knew I hit it hard and I thought it might go out, so I was like, ‘Why not?’ ” Varisco said. “I didn’t mean to do it, really. But it was just the emotion of the game.”

Varisco’s home run sparked the Warriors to an early offensive explosion that the Gators could never recover from, despite a late rally in the sixth and seventh innings.

St. Michael jumped to a 7-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning and seemed to be cruising to an easy 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, but Beau Chene put three runs on the board in the sixth and then had the tying run at the plate in the seventh.

But that’s all it would get as St. Michael coach Johnny Bernhard decided to pull starting pitcher Evan Becnel after 93 pitches and let Scott Terrell close out the game.

Becnel (5-1) finished with three runs allowed on six hits and three strikeouts.

“I thought (Beau Chene’s) pitcher kind of found another gear there in the last couple innings and was able to keep them in the ball game,” Bernhard said. “We knew it would be a good battle and, sure enough, they stuck right in there with us and got the tying run at the plate at the end of the game.”

Beau Chene pitcher Mason Oswald (3-5) battled through a tough first few innings that included two in which the Warriors put up three runs each.

In the bottom of the third, both St. Michael catcher Ross Scelfo and right fielder Hayden Salles hit RBI doubles to deep left-center field.

Only four of the runs Oswald allowed were earned, but he did allow nine hits on 108 pitches. He also struck out three and walked two.

“We’ve been down before … so we’ve found ways to battle back. We just couldn’t get the key hit at the right time,” said Beau Chene coach Dwayne Thibodeaux. “That’s what it came down to. If we get the key hit in key situations then we might have been able to make it a little bit closer of a game.”

St. Michael and Beau Chene return to the field on Saturday for a possible doubleheader starting at noon.

The Warriors will start Cayde Miller on the mound while Justin Devillier will start for the Gators.