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Lake Howell 1
There was a big fight feel in the cool crisp air on Friday night. The crowd was electric for lineup introductions and that set the tone for the duration of the game.
In the bottom of the first, the Huskies were threatening with runners on second and third, but Silver Hawks pitcher Matt Misiti got out of the jam with a fly out to center. Lake Howell would end up striking first when Misiti scored the first run of the game. He would reach base via a walk, and get to third base on an overthrow from the pitcher at first base on a pick off attempt. CJ Mills would bring him home with an RBI groundout to the short stop.
Hagerty would threaten in the with two guys in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but Hunter Sandberg would make a diving catch in foul territory in right field to end that threat. Lake Howell would get a taste of their own medicine in the top of the third when they loaded the bases with one out, but couldn’t get anybody home.
The Huskies would finally come around to score in the bottom of the third. Cameron King would smoke a lead off single to left center, and eventually get into scoring position after Bell hit a lazy fly ball into left field that dropped. Bell would then do a decoy steal and get into a run down long enough for King to scamper home on the distraction to tie it up 1-1.
Some good defense on both sides led to a scoreless fourth inning and top of the fifth, including a sensational snag by Chase Chapman at the wall in right to rob Dalton Robinson of extra bases. Hagerty would take that momentum into the bottom of the fifth when they got their first lead of the game. Fitzgerald would get hit by a pitch and find his way to second base on a picture perfect bunt from King. Stewart Puckett would come through in the clutch with a single through the right side to bring in Fitzgerald.
The sixth inning would see more solid defense for both teams and we’d head into the 7th with Hagerty still up 2-1. The Silver Hawks would make some noise in the top of the seventh, but with the crowd on it’s feet and the dugout ready to erupt, Blake Bryden would force Sandberg to fly out to right field and the Huskies were crowned champions!
IMG Academy 6
American Heritage 3
The Ascenders wasted no time getting this game when Evan Appelwick ripped a run scoring double. A couple of batters later, Jackson Werth drove in a run on a single and Jimmy Koza immediately followed that with a two run single. After getting up 4-0, IMG never looked back. The Stallions chipped away over the course of the game, but the lead was just too much to overcome.
IMG Academy finished the Classic in 3rd place overall with a 3-1 record. American Heritage finished the tournament 2-2.
Orangewood Christian 0
Winter Springs 4
Winter Springs kicked off the day in Sanford with a quick 3-0 start to the game after two innings. Nathan Tinder would throw four scoreless innings for the Bears, striking out seven in the time. Winter Springs would go on to score the final run of the game on a passed ball. Tinder, Ryan Morrison, and Diego Rivera would combine for 12 strikeouts while only giving up three hits and two walks in the game.
Winter Springs finished the tournament with a 3-1 record while Orangewood Christian would finish 0-4.
West Orange 2
Oviedo finished the tournament the way they played all week: on fire. They scored 43 runs in four games this week. Eric Day got the contest started with an RBI double for the first run of the game immediately followed by a three run shot from Danny Baez for a quick 4-0 lead. They would score a run in the second and third innings as well to go up 6-0. After West Orange got a run back in the top of the sixth, the Lions pounced for four more runs in the sixth which included an RBI single from Barklett, and then back-to-back run scoring doubles for Kade Faircloth and Eric Day.
Oviedo finished the tournament a perfect 4-0 on the week. West Orange finished their week 2-2.
Eustis scored a couple of runs in the first inning off of back-to-back run scoring hits from Nehemiah Cook (double) and Ronnie Hopper (single). The Warriors would answer in a big way in the bottom of the first when they scored five runs off of run scoring hits from Luke Harms (double), Ty Nettles (single) and Tyler Jenkins (double). They would score two more times the following inning to make it 7-2. Cook drove in another run for the Panthers to make it 7-3. They would continue to chip away throughout the game but ultimately fell 8-5.
The Christian Academy of Knoxville finished the Classic 2-2 while Eustis finished 1-3.
Florida High 1
The first game of the day at the Boombah Sports Complex didn't see a run until the third inning when Seminole scored four runs. The first two came off of a couple of fielders choices before Pete Glazer got a two run single. He would also drive in a third run in the sixth on a double, which ended up being the final run of the game.
Seminole finished the tournament 2-2 while Florida High finished 0-4.
Timber Creek 6
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This was the type of game that had some big swings emotionally for each team. Dunedin struck early with a run scored in the first, the second, and three in third to go up 5-0. Timber Creek would would then go on their own scoring spree by scoring two runs in the the third, two in the fourth, and two in the fifth when Riley Hansen hit a two run triple to give Timber Creek their first lead of the day. Dunedin would load the bases in the top of the seventh to put the pressure on the Wolves. Although they hit into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded, it was good enough to tie the game up. Dylan Oester would then get the hit of the day when he smacked a single up the middle to give the Falcons back the lead.
Timer Creek would not go away though as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Alexander Fenwich would end the game on a hard hit ball right at the pitcher, which he was able to toss to first base and have the Falcons erupt in celebration.
The win got Dunedin to 2-2 on the week while Timber Creek would finish 2-2.
Barron Collier 0
It was all Olympia from the start when they put three runs in the first inning. They would then put up seven more in the second, two in the third, and four more in the fourth. Mason Wilson would finish the game with five RBI. The Titans had seven total players drive in at least one run with Wilson, Ben Murrell (3), Tanner Cullen (2), Fabian Romero (2), Justin Lewis (1), Johnny Morales (1), and David Dupuis (1).
Olympia finished the tournament 2-2 while Barron Collier finished 1-3.
Flagler Palm Coast
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