The Bolles Bulldogs capped a phenomenal week with a dominant 10-2 win over the University Titans to give them the title of FHSI Classic champions.
After giving up their first run of the entire week in the top of the first on an error, Bolles starter Jackson Baumeister settled in and cruised through the Titans lineup. In fact, after the run was scored, the sophomore righty retired the next twelve batter he faced in order, including seven strikeouts. Connor Boyer tossed the last two frames to seal the win.
Offensively, the Bulldogs attacked early and often. They scored multiple runs in four of the first five innings, including four in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth and two in the fifth. Jackson Mayo was 3-3 on the day, and added a no doubt home run to deep right field in the fifth inning. Will Shepherd also added a dinger to the box score, pulling a fastball 340 feet to the right corner.
The Bulldogs were phenomenal on the mound all week long. In four games/27 innings, they allowed two runs (one earned), 14 hits, four walks and struck out 40 batters. They outscored their opponents 30-2.
Montverde Academy picked up their third win of the week with a hard-fought, extra-inning win over Seminole High on Friday afternoon.
Each team scored two runs through four innings, and then went scoreless through the seventh. That led to an international tie breaker in the eighth. The Eagles were able to put two across in the top of the frame thanks to a sac fly from Javy Davila and a Seminole error. The Seminoles fought back in the bottom half, plating one on a sac fly from Matt Allan. However, on the play, the runner on first base couldn't make to back to the base on time after the catch, getting doubled up to end the game.
AC Columna earned the win with three hitless innings of relief. Jojo Coffey had three hits and a steal to lead the Eagles offense.
Spruce Creek 5
Christian Academy of Knoxville 4
In one of the most exciting games of the week, the Spruce Creek Hawks remained undefeated on the season, taking home their fourth win of the tournament with a 5-4 thriller over CAK at the Boombah Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, putting one on the board in the first, and three more in the second. Cameron Orie, Zach Veen, Brennan Keil, and Sal Grinstead each chipped in RBI on a groundout, single, and two walks.
The Warriors answered back in the top of the third with two runs of their own. Zane Keener reached on a walk and came around on a balk. Later, Andrew Kribbs deposited a double to deep center that scored Jesse Osborne to make it 4-2
Things remained quiet until the sixth when CAK came all the way back to tie things up. Cole Campbell scored Kribbs with a double. Campbelll was replaced with pinch runner Ryan Degges who socred himself three batters later on a groundball. In the bottom half of the inning, Joey Balsam walked, and promptly stole second. After moving to third on a sac bunt, Balsam scored on a Zach Veen sac fly.
The top of the seventh was intense, with the Warriors fighting tooth and nail til the very end. With the bases loaded and two out, Austin Jaslove couldn't hold up on a check swing and struck out. The ball got away from the catcher, but Jaslove couldn't beat the throw to first base so the game went final.
Lucas Mahlstedt earned the win with an inning of relief while Veen picked up a save for closing out the seventh. Veen also scored twice and drove in two runs on the day to lead the Hawks.
Timber Creek 8
Key West 3
The Timber Creek Wolves tallied their third win of the week with a Friday afternoon win against Key West on Friday morning.
After two scoreless innings to start, the Wolves broke things open in the third with runs scored on a groundout, single and error. In the next at bat in the fourth, they added four more runs to their ledger without needing to swing the sticks. All four runs came courtesy of the Conchs ... bases loaded walk, wild pitch, bases loaded walk, and balk.
Key West fought back and were able to score three times in the seventh, but it was too little too late.
Denton Coquyt took home the win with five scoreless frames. On offense, the Wolves received four hits in nine at bats from their #1 and #2 hitters, Parker Wood and Cole Nelson.
St. Johns Country Day 5
Royal Palm Beach
The Spartans of SJCD ended their week on a high note with a four run win over the Royal Palm Beach Wildcats.
After falling behind early, the Spartans were able to score four times in the top of the second. After an error and a fielder's choice put two across, Connor Moore came through with a triple to center that scored Jordan Taylor and Luke Shannahan.
The 4-1 lead was plenty for Taylor, who started on the mound for SJCD. After giving up the initial run in the first, Taylor had a strong finish to the day, going four total innings while allowing only two hits. He was spotted by Moore who picked up a save for himself with a three inning performance that included no runs and three strikeouts. Moore was also 2-3 at the plate with a triple, two RBI, and stolen base.
Tampa Prep 3
A furious seventh inning comeback gave the Colonial Grenadiers a hard fought win over the Tampa Prep Terrapins on Friday morning.
The Grenadiers struck first, plating two during their initial at bat. Jose Lopez doubled in JC Rodriguez, and then scored two batters later on a Manny Almodovar groundout. Both runs were neutralized in the bottom of the second when the Terps' Ben Mensch smoked a double down the left field line that scored two and tied the game.
Tampa Prep also added one in the fourth thanks to a wild pitch, giving them a 3-2 lead.
Things were looking grim for Colonial as they entered their final at bat in the seventh. Every pitch turned into a beach ball as the Grenadiers collected six hits while scoring six runs in the inning. Derek Rivera and Brandon Soler each had RBI triples in the inning to keep the rally going.
Lake Mary Prep 3
The Grandview Wolves ended their week on a high note with a 7-3 win over the Lake Mary Prep Griffins on Friday morning at Sanford Memorial Stadium.
After scoring only one run in the first three games of the week, the Wolves offense came alive to the tune of seven hits and seven runs. Ty Chapman had a big day at the plate, finishing 3-4 with two doubles, two runs, two RBI and a steal. Jackson VanZee and Tony Castonguay also chipped in with two RBI apiece.
Nick Song started the game for Grandview, but was pulled after only five batters. Luke Hojnowksi was called on for relief, and went ahead and finished the game. He threw 6.2 innings on the day, scattering three hits with two walks. He did not allow an earned run, and also struck out four.