Cypress Bay 14
The Cypress Bay Lightning used a big inning to break open what was a tight game as they defeated the Mourning Sharks 14-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Leading 1-0 after one, the Lightning used a two-run single from Hector Lozada and an RBI double from Ben Rushing to take a 4-0 lead. Mourning was able to battle back in their half of the inning with a fielder's choice RBI from Jim Varona and a two-run single from Wilson Valdez.
It was in the top of the third inning when the Lightning struck ... nine times. Thirteen batters stepped to the plate in the inning, collecting seven hits, a walk and reaching on two errors to amass the nine runs. Anthony Figueroa, Christian Nehls and Carlos Salaverria each had two RBI in the inning.
From there it was smooth sailing for Nick Maykut and Brandon Cumana who did not allow a run in relief. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Nine different players scored for Cyrpress Bay, with Lozada, Rushing and Jake Schultz each picking up two hits. Richard Gavarrete had two of Mourning's four hits, while Valdez drove in two of the three runs.
South Dade 4
The South Dade Buccaneers bounced back from an opening round loss to take home a 4-0 shutout win over the Westfield Bulldogs on Wednesday night.
Hasani Clarit got things going for the Bucs in the bottom of the first with a one out single. He would move to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a base hit from Ricardo Sabalvarro. The score remained 1-0 until the fourth inning when South Dade put the game out of reach. A pair of walks to lead off the inning along with a sac bunt put two runners in scoring position. Luis Ramos promptly singled to score David Garcia, making it 2-0. A few batters later it looked like Westfield might escape further damage when a two-out groundball went to short. However, an error led to two more runs coming across, making the final score of 4-0.
Jonathon Brutti was effective, albeit a tad wild on the mound. He threw 5.2 innings, and did not allow a run on three hits. He did walk seven batters, though his defense helped strand each and every runner that reached base. Luis Urquiaga was able to close out the game's final four outs in relief.
Luis Ramos was 3-3 at the plate with a run, RBI and steal to lead the Bucs offense. Zach Booth had two of the three hits for Westfield.
Schedule for Thursday April 13
11:30: Palmetto vs. Westfield
2:00: Pine Crest vs. South Dade
4:30: Taravella vs. Cypress Bay
7:00: Bishop Moore vs. Mourning