Hillcrest (AL) 9
The Hillcrest Patriots showed why they are the best team in their state with a resounding 9-0 shutout win over University in the championship game on Friday night.
The Tuscaloosa, AL team wasted little time getting on the board, scoring once in the first inning on a Garrett McMillan RBI single. The game would then get out of hand quickly in the second when the Patriots scored a touchdown and kicked the extra point for seven runs in the frame. They recorded four hits and took advantage of three Titan errors to make their lead 8-0. Thirteen players headed to the plate in the inning.
Noah Barnette pitched five shutout innings for Hillcrest, and was spotted by Kyler Colburn, who tossed two scoreless himself. Over the four game week for the Patriots, they only had to use a grand total of five pitchers, and they allowed one total run in the four games.
Casey Page, Cole Frederick, Colby Smelley and Hunter Kamplain each had a pair of hits for Hillcrest. The Patriots, who are reigning Alabama 5A state champs, will head back to Tuscaloosa with four wins under their belt. University finished the week 3-1.
3rd Place Game
Barron Collier 2
The third place game for the Showcase came down to a battle of pitching between the Barron Collier Cougars and the Seabreeze Sandcrabs. Both teams entered the day with identical 2-1 records, and the Cougars were able to come out on top thanks to defensive miscues and timely hitting.
Seabreeze jumped out to an early lead in the first when Curtis Tarus wore a pitch to make it to first base. He then proceeded to advance to second on a wild pitch, stole third base and came across to score on a Robert Bell sac fly. The Cougars would answer back in the bottom of the second when Andre Bozza touched home on an error by the Seabreeze shortstop.
The third, fourth, and fifth innings saw zeroes across the board for both teams. In the bottom of the sixth, a Dylan Doria sac fly scored Anthony Guerra to make the final of 2-1. Sean Means came in to close out the seventh for Barron Collier and earn the save.
Barron Collier finishes the tournament with a 3-1 record, while the Sandcrabs ended up 2-2.
Flagler Palm Coast 9
East Ridge 1
The Flagler Palm Coast Bulldogs ended their FHSI on a high note, earning their first win of the week in blowout fashion, 9-1 over the East Ridge Knights.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in both the second and third innings. Nick Zipf had a double and scored in each inning to lead the offense. On the day, he finished 3-4 with two runs and an RBI. FPC would add another in the fourth and two more in the sixth to make it 9-0. East Ridge avoided a shutout by plating one in the seventh on a Brandon McBride single.
Both teams finish the Showcase with identical 1-3 records.
The Seminole Fightin' Seminoles jumped in the FHSI Showcase for one game on Friday, and came away with a 7-5 extra inning win over the Maclay Marauders.
With Maclay clinging to a 2-1 lead, Seminole broke the game open in the fifth when they scored four runs, making it 5-2. The Marauders were quick to respond with three in the sixth to tie the game. After a scoreless seventh, Seminole scored the winning runs in the eighth courtesy of RBI hits from Brady Newkirk and Terrell Bender.
Cal McCallum and Matt Caballero each had a hit and two runs scored to lead the Marauders. Maclay finished the tournament with a record of 2-2. Seminole will play in the FHSI Classic beginning next week.
Palmetto Ridge 5
Florida High 3
The Palmetto Ridge Bears fought back from an early 3-0 deficit, scoring five runs late to end their FHSI on a high note, 5-3, over the Florida High Seminoles.
Florida High came out hot in the first thanks to an RBI groundout form Matt Falstrom and a two-run single from first baseman Dylan Beiro. After that, it was all zeroes on the scoreboard until the fifth inning as both pitchers settled in.
Danny Ramos, Jeff Pelletier and Steve Laboy each recorded RBIs in the fifth inning to tie the game. After Adrian Soler tossed a scoreless frame in the bottom half, the Bears took the lead in the sixth with a Cristian Torres RBI double and Austin Quinones RBI single. Soler would then shut the door in the sixth and seventh to complete his seven inning start and earn the win.
Both teams wrapped up their FHSI with 2-2 records.
Lake Minneola 1
Harmony grabbed an early lead and didn't look back, defeating the Lake Minneola Hawks by a score of 7-1 on Friday morning.
The Longhorns plated two in the first thanks to RBI from Joel Corredor and Erick Hernandez. In the second inning, they added another pair of runs courtesy of two-run single from Justin David.
David was also the starting pitcher for the Longhorns, and he was masterful on the mound. In five innings, he allowed one unearned run on three hits, with three strikeouts. Harmony added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to secure the win.
Harmony finishes the tournament with a 2-2 record, while the Hawks head home 0-4.
Montverde Academy 3
Jensen Beach 0
A single inning of offense and a strong start from Daniel Lopez was enough for the Montverde Eagles to secure a win over the Jensen Beach Falcons on Friday morning.
Montverde sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored three runs on two hits and three errors by the Falcons. It was plenty of support for Lopez, who was on point all game long.Lopez gave up a single in the third and a single in the fourth ... and was dominant besides. In six innings of work, he allowed no runs, had two walks and struck out four.
The Eagles finish the week 2-2, while Jensen Beach ended with a 1-3 mark.