Player of the Day Griffin Bernardo, Lake Brantley 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Pitcher of the Day Logan Allen, University Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
Timber Creek 4
University Christian 0
All it took was one inning of offense and a strong effort from starter Michael Demo for the Timber Creek Wolves to shutout out the University Christian Christians 4-0 on Thursday morning.
Two hits, two hit batters and two walks would spell trouble for UC early on as the Wolves were able to score all four of their runs in the top of the first inning. Isa Mamudoski, Arnie Ruiz, Parker Smith and Treor Forsberg all picked up RBI during the inning.
Four runs was more than enough support for Demo, who was locked in throughout the game. The senior lefty, who is headed to High Point University, showed a nice array of off speed pitches as the UC bats failed to make hard contact through most of the game. His final line read seven innings, five hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Mamudoski and Ruiz each had two hits, a run and an RBI to lead the Wolves attack.
Winter Park 6
Ponte Vedra 3
The Winter Park Wildcats were able to strike early and hold on for a win against the Ponte Vedra Sharks on Thursday morning at Lake Brantley High School.
The first four batters of the first inning reach safely for Winter Park, allowing leadoff man Angel Fernandez to score. A wild pitch would plate another run, and a few batters later Matt Garcia’s single scored two more to make it 4-0. The Wildcats added two more runs in the second thanks to a two run single off the bat of Freddy Torres. The Sharks got one run back in the third on a Jack Layrisson single, but then the Shark offense went quiet until the seventh. They scored a pair in the final frame, but ti wasn’t enough as Winter Park hung on for the 6-3 win.
David Bulmer started and picked up the win for Winter Park, throwing four innings. Mat Garcia picked up the save by recording the last out for Winter Park; he was also 1-3 at the plate with two RBI.
Cooper City 3
Seminole scored early and withstood a late comeback attempt by Cooper City to hold on for a 4-3 win at their home ballpark on Thursday morning.
A Matt Allan double and Scott Fickas sac fly put the Seminoles up early, 2-0 in the first inning. Cooper City would make it a game by tying the game up in the top of the third with an RBI double from Ethan Shea and a Trevor Reto RBI single. Seminole answered quickly however, with Andre Bell scoring on a bunt and Paul Evans coming around on another RBI from Allan. The game stayed at 4-2 until Cooper City put one across in the top of the sixth inning, cutting the lead to 4-3. Caden Reeves came through for the Seminoles, tossing a perfect seventh inning to earn the save.
Josh Delgado took the win for Seminole, throwing five innings, scattering six hits and allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out six. Matt Allan was 1-3 with a run and two RBI to pace the Seminole offense. Ethan Shea had two hits, a run and an RBI for Cooper City.
Royal Palm Beach 1
Boone starter Jimmy Robbins was effective, throwing all eight innings in a tight ballgame against Royal Palm Beach that the Braves won, 2-1.
Offense was at a premium in game two at the stadium on Thursday. Boone was able to rally for one run in the third, thanks to a trio of hits from Layton Wojtas, Tyler Colson, and Tim Kaiser. The one run seemed like it may be enough for the win as Robbins shut down the Royal Palm Wildcats for five innings. However, in the sixth they managed a run when Nick Natterer singled, stole second and scored on a Troy Hamilton base hit. After both teams put up zeroes in the seventh, the game went to extras. Tim Kaiser would once again come through for the Braves, delivering a double that scored Chris Jones.
Robbins gave up four hits and two walks in his complete game effort. He struck five and allowed just the one run. Kaiser helped him on offense, going 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Troy Ha,ilton was 2-4 with an RBI for Royal Palm, who fall to 1-2 on the week.
Devin Davis was a two-way threat for the Escambia Gators, pitching a complete game and doing damage at the plate as they defeated the Leesburg Yellow Jackets 7-3.
The Gators picked up a run early in the first, and then two more in the third, courtesy of a single from Davis and an RBI groundout from Hunter Viets. Leesburg quickly got those two back in the top of the fourth after a costly two out error from the Gators. The extra help allowed Blake Ducharme to step up and stroke a double to right to plate the runs. Escambia would then blow the game open in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to make it 7-2. Leesburg would add one run late to make the final of 7-3.
The final line for Davis read seven innings, two hits, three runs (one earned), four walks and six strikeouts. He was also 2-4 at the plate with a RBI. Dominick Miller helped him out, going 2-3 with a double and three runs scored.
Trinity Christian 3
A late offensive push from Seabreeze, plus a strong effort out of the ‘pen from Wyatt Richardson led to a win for the Seabreeze Sand Crabs, 4-3, over the Trinity Christian Eagles.
Trinity struck first, scoring a run in the second. Seabreeze got it back in the top of the third, but then gave up another in the bottom half on a wild pitch. The score would remain 2-1 until the fifth inning when the Crabs clawed back into the game. After the first two hitters reached base, Robert Bell stroked a base hit to the outfield scoring a run. There was an error on the play, allowing a second run to come across. Two batters later, Trevor Vanyo’s sac fly gave the Crabs a 4-2 lead. Trinity would pull within one on a Trent Brickhouse RBI, but would ultimately fall short, losing 4-3.
Richardson was great in relief, throwing 4.2 innings. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks, and struck out six. Bell finished 2-4 with a run and RBI to lead the Crabs.
Smith Cotton 9
A combination of a strong offensive start plus a great outing from Dalton Zaremba resulted in a 9-4 win for the Smith Cotton Tigers over the Clewiston Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
Smith Cotton plated five runs on four hits and two errors in the first inning. Nick Hagedorn, Chase Plymell, and Brice Pannier had RBI doubles while Baxter Mays had an RBI single and scored on an error to account for the offense in the inning. To be safe, Smith Cotton then added two more in the second and two in the sixth to make it 9-0. Clewiston did not have an answer for Zaremba, who took a no-hitter in to the fifth inning. They would add four in the ninth inning though, avoiding the shutout loss.
Zaremba went six innings, allowing three hits no runs and striking out four. He added a double, walk and RBI at the plate as well. Eight different SC Tigers had a hit in the ballgame. Colin Roth was the bright spot for Clewiston, going 2-3 with two RBI and a stolen base.
Winter Springs 3
Two of the top programs in Central Florida squared off in an epic extra-inning battle on Thursday afternoon. Four extra innings after regulation, the Winter Springs Bears were able to defeat the Olympia Titans by a score of 3-2.
The game actually got off to a quick start in the top of the first when Jordan Morrow cranked a solo home run over the left field wall to give Olympia a 1-0 advantage. Both starters swapped scoreless second innings before the Bears’ bats woke up. Juan Carlos Abreu knocked in Tyler Pelczar with an RBI triple to tie the game. Three batters later, Nick Saenz would wear a pitch with the bases loaded to knock in another run. The fourth and fifth innings went scoreless before the game saw action again. Winter Springs scored the tying run in the sixth on an error by the Bears.
The seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth innings put donuts on the board for both squads as Will Harrison and Andy Rodriguez dominated out of the bullpen for their respective teams. After new pitcher Ryan Mayer blanked the Titans once more in the eleventh, the Bears would come to bat for the last time. Brandon White walked with one out, and then moved all the way to third on a failed pickoff. Abreu was then intentionally walked, and stole second, which led to a second intentional walk to Cain Jordan, loading the bases for a potential force out at home. The plan did not work for Olympia however, as Altoon Coleman was hit with a pitch to force in the winning run.
Abreu reached base four times in the game, with two hits and two walks. He scored once and knocked in another. Andy Rodriguez did not receive a decision, but was great in relief, firing four innings of shut out baseball, allowing four hits and striking out six. Will Harrison threw 7.2 innings of relief for the Titans, allowing only one run and striking out six of his own.
Lake Brantley 8
Tampa Prep 3
Griffin Bernardo powered the Lake Brantley Patriots to a win over the Tampa Prep Terrapins on Thursday afternoon.
The junior infielder, who is committed to Clemson University, went 3-3 on the day with a double, a triple, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Jay Charleston and Harrison Ray scored two times each while Paxton Rigby added three RBI of his own to power the Patriot attack.
Bernardo’s triple in the first scored the first two runs of the game. Paxton Rigby would then immediately bring Bernardo in on a sac fly to make it 3-0. Rigby then added to the lead in the third with a two run double, scoring Charleston and Bernardo. The Terrapins would get on the board in the top of the fifth on a Gerardo Miranda two-run homerun, but Brantley quickly responded with a three run bottom half, highlighted by a Harrison Ray bomb. Prep would add one late, but it wasn’t enough as they fell short, 8-3.
American Heritage 0
Logan Allen was nearly unhittable for the University Titans on Thursday, leading them to a 4-0 shutout win over the American Heritage Stallions.
The southpaw allowed three hitters on base in his five innings of work on two hits and a walk. He did not allow a run, and used the strikeout to record eleven of his fifteen outs. Jimmy Neal kept the shutout intact and picked up the save by throwing the final two innings for University.
Cameron Robinson led the offense, going 2-3 with two doubles, a run, and two RBI. First baseman Cody Vandehey also had two knocks for the Titans.
IMG Academy 7
The first semifinal matchup of the day saw the IMG Academy Ascenders put down the Taravella Trojans by a score of 7-2.
All nine hitters for IMG recorded at least one hit as they accumulated twelve total. Michael Feliz was 3-3 with two runs, an RBI and a steal to lead the way. Eight of the nine IMG hitters either scored or drove in a run during the ballgame.
On the mound, Anthony Holubecki tamed the Trojans with a powerful fastball and solid offspeed pitches. He was clocked as high as 92 MPH during the game, which was close early on. IMG got their first run in the third inning, before adding three more in the fifth. In the bottom of that inning, Taravella was finally able to figure out Holubecki, tagging him for two runs on a Henry Matias double. Unfortunately for the Trojans, that was all the offense they could muster on the day, as they fell 7-2. With the win, IMG moves on to the championship game on Friday night.
The Jupiter Warriors didn’t let a rain delay stop them from finishing what they started in the final game of the day. After jumping out to a quick two run lead in the first inning, thanks to a couple of errors from Bentonville, the game was put in delay for about 75 minutes due to lightning in the area. Once the strom had passed, a great ballgame ensued.
The Warriors pitching was effective all night long. Mitchell Hartigan started the ballgame, and went four innings, giving up one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Carson Price and James Reynolds then cleaned up the final three innings, keeping the potent Bentonville offense at bay. The ending did not come without some drama however. In the seventh inning, down 4-1, the Tigers’ first two batters reached base, brining the tying run to the plate. Reynolds would hunker down and induce a 463 double play and a pop up to end the game.
Hartigan took home the win, with Reynolds earning the save over his 2.1 innings of work. Anthony Servideo was 3-4 with a run, while Reese Albert went 2-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBI. He also had a nice outfield assist, gunning down a runner at home in the third inning. The win by Jupiter sets up a championship game against IMG Academy.
Sanford Memorial Stadium
9:00 am Winter Park vs. Escambia
11:30 am Seabreeze vs. Timber Creek
2:00 pm American Heritage vs. Olympia
4:30 pm Taravella vs. Bentonville
7:00 pm IMG Academy vs. Jupiter
Lake Brantley High School
9:00 am Cooper City vs. Clewiston
11:30 am Trinity Christian vs. University Christian
2:00 pm Lake Brantley vs. Royal Palm Beach
4:30 pm Winter Springs vs. University
Seminole High School
9:00 am Ponte Vedra vs. Leesburg
11:30 am Seminole vs. Smith Cotton
2:00 pm Tampa Prep vs. Boone