Photo Credit: Madison Faulkner
Player of the Day: Dylan Strickland, Hagerty
Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Toro, Lake Howell
IMGA Academy 1
Lake Howell 3
The first of two playoff games was one of the best games of the whole tournament. In the top of the second inning, Jackson Werth hit a two out double to right field immediately followed by an RBI single by Garrett Gregory to give the Ascenders a 1-0 lead. They would proceed to load up the bases on consecutive HBP before stranding the bases loaded. It would be the only lead of the game for IMG. Dalton Robinson hit a lead off triple in the bottom of the fourth and scored on a groundout to tie the game up 1-1. The Silver Hawks would take the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth after taking advantage of a couple of miscues and getting two runs to score for the 3-1 lead. IMG would get a couple of men in each of the final two innings, but could not get that big timely hit to bring them home, leading to the Lake Howell victory.
Lake Howell will wrap up the FHSI Classic in the championship at 6:45 on Friday in Sanford. IMG will play for third place at 4:15 in Sanford.
American Heritage 1
The second game of the playoffs was moving quickly as it was scoreless through two. Hagerty would take the lead in the top of the third on an RBI double by Cameron King. American Heritage would tie it up in the bottom of the fourth after a timely run scoring single from Tommy DiGiorgio. That was the last time the game was close as it was all Hagerty from there.
The Huskies would put pressure on the Stallions to the start the fifth, and they exploded with a five run inning after a pair of two-run doubles from Talan Bell and Dylan Strickland. Luis Rivero followed up for good measure with an RBI single to make it 6-1 through five. They would not stop there though as they score three more times the following inning to make it 9-1. Trent Caples would pitch six innings for Hagerty before Blake Bryden finished out the game in the seventh.
Hagerty will be the home team in the championship game against Lake Howell on Friday night in Sanford! American Heritage will play for third place against IMG on Friday at 4:15 in Sanford.
Barron Collier 9
Florida High 5
Barron Collier wasted no time getting runs on the board in the first game of the day in Sanford. They score two runs in the first while Florida High got back a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Cougars would score two more in the top of the second, and Florida High would fight back in the bottom of the third to make it a one run game again. Barron Collier would make it a two run game again in the top of the fourth before having a big four run inning in the top of the sixth all capped off by a two run homer by Noah White. The Cougars would allow a couple more runs but it wouldn't be enough for the Seminoles.
Barron Collier will wrap up the tournament on Friday at 2:30 in the Boombah Sports Complex against Olympia. Florida High will play at 11:30 at Boombah against Seminole in their final game.
The first game at the Boombah Sports Complex was the closest game of the day that ended in great fashion. Going into the seventh inning, both teams were tied up 3-3. Andrew White would get the big clutch hit for Seminole to get a 4-3 lead. The Titans would find life quickly in the bottom of the seventh when Ben Murrell hit a one out triple. Madden Bourst would hit an infield single to tie up the game, and Sam Taveras would end the game on a safety squeeze that caught the Seminoles off guard.
Olympia will play their final game of the week at Boombah against Barron Collier at 2:30. Seminile will also wrap up their week at Boombah when they play Florida High at 11:30.
Oviedo took the early 1-0 lead after one, and we wouldn't see another run until the bottom of the fourth and fifth when they put up three more runs total. Eustis came across to score in the top of the sixth when they plated two runs. That would be it for the Panthers, but far from it for the Lions. They scored six more runs in the bottom of the inning, ultimately winning 10-2. They would get RBIs from six different hitters: Isaiah Barkett, Eric Day, Daniel Baez, Gian Flores, Michael DeLella, and Eli Fleming.
Oviedo will finish the tournament in Sanford on Friday morning at 11:15 against West Orange. Eustis will play the Christian Academy of Knoxville on Friday at 1:45 in Sanford on the final day of the tournament.
Winter Springs 16
Winter Springs jumped on the board early and often when they were up 9-0 after two innings, and would also have a seven run inning in the fourth to lead to their 16-2 run rule through five innings. Raymond Velez would throw all five innings for the Bears, and they would get two players to drive in three runs: Allen Alexander and Jacob McKenzie. Nathan Tinder, Irvin Murr, Nick Davidson, Colby Rice, Austin Rohe, and Carter Craig would also drive in a run each.
Winter Springs will play at 8:45 in Sanford against Orangewood on Friday in Sanford, and Dunedin will play Timber Creek on Friday at noon at the Boombah Sports Complex.
West Orange 11
Early on, it looked like the Christian Academy of Knoxville was going to run away with it as they were up 5-0 through 3.5 innings, but the tide turned quickly. The Warriors would go on the score six runs in the bottom of the fourth after a few RBI singles from Tracy Mitchem, Max McClusky (2), and A.J. Goytia. They would also score on a pair of bases loaded walks by Jacob Delano and Justin Frias. The fun didn't stop there for West Orange as they score five more runs the following inning when they took advantage of three errors from the Warriors and got some more timely hits.
CAK will take on Eustis on Friday afternoon at 1:45 in Sanford before they head back to Tennessee. West Orange will finish the tournament against Oviedo on Friday morning at 11:15 in Sanford.
Bishop Moore 14
Flagler Palm Coast 7
This game looked like it was going to be over in regulation as Bishop Moore took a 5-3 lead going into the seventh inning before they added on two more runs to make it 7-3. But Flagler Palm Coast would not go down without a fight, and they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings.
From there, Bishop Moore would put up seven runs in the eighth inning. Caleb Scott would drive in the the first run with a single, and Dylan King would follow that a few batters later with a two run double. The next four runs would come across on various errors, singles, and wild pitches for the final of 14-7.
Flagler Palm Coast will wrap up their week against Trenton at the Boombah Sports Complex on Friday at 2:00pm.
Orangewood Christian 0
Timber Creek 10
Timber Creek started the final game at Boombah in a big way by scoring three runs in the first on a couple of errors. Cade Nelson, Jacob Foti, and Drew Pynes then came through with the big back-to-back-to-back run scoring hits to put up a four spot. No runs were scored over the next couple of innings until Jacob Foti got the two run double to left field in the bottom of the fifth for the walk off run rule.
Timber Creek will finish the tournament on Friday against Dunedin at the Boombah Sports Complex at 11:30am. Orangewood Christian gets to kick off the day at Sanford on Friday when they play Winter Springs at 8:45.