Winter Springs 10 Lake Minneola 6
The Winter Springs Bears opened up the 2018 FHSI Classic with a late comeback win over the Lake Minneola Hawks, 10-6 on Monday morning.
Lake Minneola established an early lead with a run in both the second and third innings. They blew things open in the sixth thanks to a three-run effort highlighted by a Caleb Pundsack RBI double and a two-run single from Todd Kendall.
Facing their final three outs, the Bears came out ferociously in the seventh inning. The first seven hitters of the inning recorded a hit (three doubles, four singles) making the score 5-5. After a flyout, Winter Springs got going again. Kenjin Claudio and AJ Rehberg each picked up two-run hits in the latter half of the inning. Though Lake Minneola was able to get one back, they ended up on the losing end, 10-6.
Rehberg finished the game 4-4 at the plate to lead all hitters.
Seminole 6 Colonial 0
The Seminole Seminoles took home a day one victory at home, shutting out the Colonial Grenadiers by a score of 6-0 on Monday morning.
The first three innings featured a nice matchup between pitchers Charlie McDaniel (Seminole) and Kenneth Aguayo (Colonial). However, Seminole was able to break through for three runs in the fourth inning to gain an advantage. Tarell Bender led off with a single, and then all the runs in the inning were scored thanks to errors, walks and aggressive base running.
The seventh inning was a different story as the bats were lively for Seminole. Andrew Garcia singled to leadoff, and was brought in on a Juri Sabb double. After Danny Hope singled and stole second, Matt Allan delivered a two-run single to round out the final score of 6-0.
The sophomore McDaniel was impressive on the mound for the Seminoles in the win, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
Olympia 3 Leesburg 1
Olympia struck first and was able to hold on to a lead form beginning to end as the Titans defeated Leesburg 3-1 on Monday afternoon.
A hit and an error had a runner on third for Olympia before the game had hardly begun. Jeslyn Whitehead and Collin McMahon would bring in the runs for the Titans on a fielder’s choice and single, respectively. Alex Britton added some insurance in the fifth when he singled, stole second, and came around to score on a Richey Lakes RBI groundout. Leesburg put one up in the seventh thanks to three walks and a sac fly, but they would leave the bases loaded to end the game.
Mark Decicco was dominant on the mound for Olympia, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball. He scattered four hits, issued on walk and struck out seven on the day.
Hagerty 13 East River 3
After falling behind early, the Hagerty Huskies put their offense into full gear, and ended their game with East River early via mercy rule on Monday afternoon.
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead in the first thanks to RBI doubles from Jorge Fernandez and Otto Drozd. Hagerty was able to get the three runs back in the bottom of the second however. Then, in the third inning, Hagerty put up the second 10-run inning of the day at Sanford Memorial Stadium.
The Huskies put together their inning thanks to seven hits, three errors and four walks. Fifteen hitters were sent to the box in the inning, including Robbie Post who singled, tripled and drove in three runs. Jackson Grabsky, Ryan Carroll, and Cole Ramirez each reached base twice in the inning as well.
Every starter for the Huskies reached base safely and either scored or drove in a run during the game.
Ocoee 4 University Christian 1
A strong effort on the pitcher’s mound helped the Ocoee Knights to a 4-1 day one victory over University Christian on Monday.
It was Trisden Brown who got things going in the first with a double to deep left field. After moving to third on a wild pitch, he would come around to score on a bases loaded walk. The Knights added two in the second inning. A well executed double steal led to the first run, and an error led to the second of the inning. Darien Smith put one back on the board for University Christian with an RBI single, but they would struggle to score the rest of the game. Phillip Gray capped off the scoring for Ocoee with a run-scoring double in the sixth.
Ethan Long, Orlando Perez and Colin Hall limited the Christians to three hits on the day, with three strikeouts. Trisden Brown was impressive, showcasing his speed with two runs, his double and a stolen base.
Royal Palm Beach 3 Mount Dora 0 (5 Innings)
A quick lead and effective pitching helped the Royal Palm Beach Wildcats to a rain-shortened 3-0 win over the Mount Dora Hurricanes on Monday evening.
The first three batters of the game reached base safely for RPB, with David Rodriguez driving in the first run of the game with a single. A balk would bring in run number two. The third run of the game came after Ryan Pinto tripled to lead off the third inning. He was promptly brought in on a Christian Adams sac fly.
That was more than enough cushion for left-hander Nick Adams. The southpaw was dialed in, notching two strikeouts in both the first and fifth innings. He finished his day with six punchouts in five innings of work while allowing just one hit on the day.
Suncoast 3 University 2 (6 Innings)
The Suncoast Chargers were able to walk away with a day one win over the University Panthers on Monday night.
University jumped out to an early lead when Joshua Pagan brought in Johziel Serrano and Gage Alderman with a triple. The second, third, and fourth innings saw the score remain at 2-0 as both pitchers cruised through their opponent’s lineups.
With one out in the fifth, Nathaniel Brodsky drove in Jack Gallagher with a single. Jack Stafford then copied his teammate with an RBI single of his own, plating Charlie Nichols. Jack Virden then capped off the scoring with a groundout to second that brought in Brodsky.
The game made it in to the seventh inning, but rain forced an early ending that reverted back to the last complete inning.
Johnny Amonica earned the win on the mound with four strong innings. The two runs he allowed were both unearned. Jacob Baughman earned the save with two innings of scoreless work. Brodsky was 2-2 with a run and an RBI to pace the Chargers offense.
Updated Schedule: Tuesday March 20
Sanford Memorial Stadium 9:00 am: Hagerty vs. Suncoast 11:30 am: West Boca vs. Leesburg 2:00 pm: Colonial vs. Mount Dora 4:30 pm: Royal Palm Beach vs. Winter Springs 7:00 pm: Seminole Ridge vs. Palm Beach Central
Seminole High School 12:00 pm: Olympia vs. Seminole 2:30 pm: Montverde vs. Orangewood Christian 7:00 pm: Timber Creek vs. West Boca