South Dade 0
The Highland Hawks started their week off with a thrilling 1-0 win over the South Dade Buccaneers on Monday afternoon at Sanford Memorial Stadium.
This game started as the absolute definition of a pitcher's duel. Both Justin Kenyon (South Dade) and Blake Fisher (Highland) brought their A-game to start things off. Fisher tossed seven shutout innings while scattering three hits and walking one. He did not allow a batter past second base until the seventh inning, when a wild pitch put a man on third. However, he escaped the jam with a flyout to left. Kenyon was equally impressive, as his first six innings of work equated to zero hits for the Hawks.
Things changed in the bottom of the seventh however. First, Luke Barner broke up the no-hit bid with a single on a 1-2 pitch. During the next at bat, an error on an attempted pickoff put Barner on third base with none out. After a flyout, the next better for the Hawks stepped up to the plate ... Blake Fisher. The Highland pitcher was down 0-2 in the count before sending a ball almost all the way to the wall for a walk off single.
Pines Charter 6
DeMatha Catholic 0
Despite giving up nine hits, the Pines Charter Jaguars were able to shut out the DeMatha Stags by a score of 6-0 on Monday afternoon.
Maverick Medina drew the start for Pines Charter, and found himself in some tough situations. He was able to escape multiple jams including stranding a runner on third in the first inning, a runner on second in the second inning, leaving the bases loaded in the third, and keeping two on base in the fourth. He earned the win with a final line of four innings, six hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Then it was Dylan Vega's turn on the bump. He escaped with runners on the corners in the fifth, a man on second in the sixth, and two men on in the seventh.
The Jaguars were much more efficient with their opportunities. A sac fly from Frnaklin Pinales scored the first run of the game. They added another in the third when Jayme Villafane plated teammate Peter Avino with a groundout to the right side. A pair of two-out, bases loaded walks in the fourth made the score 4-0. Dena Guzman wrapped up the scoring with a two-run single in the seventh frame.
Guzman was the offensive leader for Pines Charter with two hits, including a double, and the two driven in. For DeMatha, Khalil Brown tallied three hits from the leadoff spot.
Somerset Academy 1
In the battle of the Panthers, Palmetto came out on top with a convincing 12-1 win over Somerset academy during the night cap on Monday.
Palmetto's offense was impressive, posting ten hits as a team. In addition, they were helped by eight Somerset walks, a hit batter, and five wild pitches.Nine different Palmetto players recorded a hit, and nine different Palmetto players also scored at least one run. The top of the lineup was especially effective as Andrew Garcia, Charles Kavalir, and Ryan Herskowitz combined to go 4-8 with five runs, four walks and three RBI.
Matthew Esquijerosa took home the win after limiting Somerset to one run over four innings. He scattered three hits, walked three and struck out a pair. For the final three innings, his teammates Zach Ryan, Zach Tabachnikoff and Cairiq Rackley all tossed scoreless frames.
Awaiting Game Stats
Schedule for Tuesday March 26
Both games at Sanford Memorial Stadium
Sagemont vs. Pines Charter
Highland vs. Palmetto