Player of the Day:
Diego Millan, Montverde
4-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Pitcher of the Day:
Jay Bramblett, Hillcrest
5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Florida High 6
The Florida High Seminoles took advantage of sloppy defense, putting together a big inning to earn a 6-3 win over the Harmony Longhorns on Thursday morning.
The Seminoles jumped on the board early, scoring a run in each of the first and second innings thanks to a wild pitch and an error. In the fourth inning, they tacked on four more runs, highlighted by a triple from John Michael Jones and an RBI single from Makel Young, making the score 6-0.
Harmony attempted a comeback, scoring three runs off of FHS starter Jonathan Campbell. Once reliever Brady Blackburn entered the game, however, the rally stopped. Blackburn finished the last two innings of the game, allowing no runs on just one hit. He was also 1-3 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored.
The win moves Florida High to 2-1 on the week, while Harmony falls to 1-2.
East Ridge 9
Jensen Beach 5
The bats for the East Ridge Knights woke up on Thursday morning, as they pounded out nine runs on thirteen hits to defeat the Jensen Beach Falcons 9-5.
The Knights had been struggling on offense all week long, scoring two runs in two games. That changed on Thursday when four different players recorded multiple hits. Beau Walters led the way, going 3-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Carson Schlegel (3-5), Toshawn Drew (2-4) and Jahlani Rogers (2-4) were the other Knights with multiple hits. East Ridge scored in every inning except the 5th and 6th, including a three-piece in the seventh to secure the win.
Jensen Beach did not help themselves with four errors on the day. Ryan Rivera and Caleb Pendleton each picked up a pair of hits for the Falcons. Both teams now sit in the standings with a 1-2 record.
Christian Academy of Knoxville 5
Flagler Palm Coast 2
The CAK Warriors jumped out to an early lead and held on for their second win of the week, taking their matchup against Flagler Palm Coast by a score of 5-2.
An RBI single from Cole Campbell, followed by a sac fly off the bat of Conner Quinn gave CAK a quick 2-0 lead in the first. Both teams swapped runs in the third, followed by the Warriors scoring twice more in the fourth inning thanks to a sac fly from Cooper Jackson and a single from Robert Gee. FPC would get one back in the seventh, but ultimately fell short.
Lucas Sykes picked up the win with a line of 4.2 innings, three hits, zero earned runs and one strikeout. Hudson Chastain was 3-4 at the plate, while Campbell had two RBI to lead the Warrior offense.
Montverde Academy 9
Lake Minneola 4
Diego Millan was a one man wrecking crew, finishing the day perfect at the plate and helping the Montverde Eagles to their first win of the week, 9-4, over the Lake Minneola Hawks.
The junior catcher recorded an RBI double in the first, a single in the third, a solo home run in the fifth, and another RBI double in the sixth. His nine total bases are the most for any player in the tournament in one game. Alejandro Rodriguez, Eduardo Acosta and David Parker each picked up a pair of hits and a stolen base as well to help the Eagles.
Lake Minneola was led by Caleb Cali (1-2, double, run, two RBI) and TJ Kendall (2-3, double) on offense. The Hawks fall to 0-3 on the week, while Montverde is now 1-2.
The University Titans continued their dominant week, winning their third game in a row and earning a spot in the FHSI Showcase championship game on Friday night.
Nathan Peden twirled a gem on the mound for the Titans, going six innings while scattering six hits and allowing zero earned runs. He also had five strikeouts. He was helped on offense by Jacob Molle, who had three hits and two RBI, and Michael Sinopoli, who hit a home run in the fifth inning and finished with three runs batted in.
The Titans have allowed two runs through three games on defense, while averaging nearly six runs per game on offense. Seabreeze suffered its first loss of the week, falling to 2-1.
Barron Collier 0
Jay Bramblett was perfect on Thursday afternoon. With a huge lead at his back, the young right hander set the Barron Collier Cougars up and knocked them all down in order, finishing with a shortened complete game victory.
The Patriots scored three runs in the second and eight in the third to put Bramblett at ease. With the pressure off, Bramblett was able to pound the strike zone and rely on his defense to help him out. Of the fifteen outs he recorded, only three came via strikeout. It only took 57 pitches to finish the game, with 37 of them going for strikes.
Eleven of the thirteen Patriots who stepped to the plate in the game either scored, drove in a run or got a hit. Cole Frederick was 3-3 with a run, while Griffin Eldridge was 2-2 with a run and three batted in. The Patriots sit at 3-0 on the week, and will face University for the Championship tomorrow night.
Palmetto Ridge 3
The Maclay Marauder offense was red hot on Thursday night, pounding out 16 hits en route to a 8-3 victory over the Palmetto Ridge Bears.
A three run second and two run third provided all the runs Maclay would need (though they added another in the fifth and two more in the sixth). Lucas Briggs was one of five Marauders with multiple hits, finishing 4-5. Andrew Higdon started the game for Maclay and went the distance, allowing one earned run on three hits over his seven innings of work.
Maclay's record on the week now stands at 2-1, while the Bears fall to 1-2.
Schedule for Friday, March 17
9AM Stadium - Jensen Beach (HOME) vs. Montverde
10AM Seminole HS - Harmony (HOME) vs. Lake Minneola
11:30AM Stadium - Palmetto Ridge vs. Florida High
12:30PM Seminole HS - Maclay (HOME) vs. Seminole
2:00PM Stadium - Flagler Palm Coast vs. East Ridge (HOME)
4:30PM Stadium - Barron Collier (HOME) vs. Seabreeze
7:00PM Stadium - Hillcrest (HOME) vs. University