Co-Pitcher of the Day:
Preston Clark, Taravella
CG, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 K
Co-Pitcher of the Day:
Cameron Robinson, University
5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 12 K
University Christian 0
The Taravella Trojans got their second consecutive strong start in two days from their starting pitcher in a 6-0 win over University Christian on Tuesday morning.
Preston Clark was dominant for the Trojans, allowing only two hits (none after the first inning) and no runs during his complete game effort. He walked one batter and struck out eight, and needed 90 pitches to finish his masterpiece. With Clark dominating, the Trojans didn’t need much offensive help, though they scored six runs on eight hits. Eddie Ayala was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead the offense. Taravella now stands at 2-0 in pool play, while University Christian falls to 1-1.
Winter Park 8
American Heritage 7
A blowout turned very interesting late, but Winter Park was able to hang on and defeat American Heritage by a score of 8-7 on Tuesday morning.
The Wildcats scored four runs to open up the ballgame, thanks to three hits and an error from the Stallions. Starter Michael Glenn then sat in cruise control, getting through the next few innings unscathed. Winter Park would add two more in the third, and one in the fourth before American Heritage was able to add two of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The Wildcats added one more run in the fifth inning on a Freddy Torres solo homerun that would end up being the game winner.
Things got exciting in the sixth when American Heritage exploded for five runs, three of which came from a bases loaded double off the bat of Michael Makinchak. They left the tying run stranded however, and did not threaten in the seventh, leading to a final 8-7.
Torres was 2-3 with a home run, a double, two runs and three RBI to lead the Wildcat offense.
Cooper City 3
The Cooper City Cowboys and University Titans squared off in the longest game in the history of the FHSI tournament, needing 13 innings to decide a winner. A sac fly from Logan Allen in the bottom of the 13th was the difference, as University came away with the 4-3 win in the four hour slugfest.
The Cowboys scored one early in the first, but were answered shortly after by University in the bottom of the second. The Titans then took a lead themselves in the fifth, only to give up two to the Cowboys in the top of the 6th, making the score 3-2. Then, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Logan Allen’s single scored Tim Dixon to tie the game. The game would remain that way for six innings as both teams’ relievers did an excellent job. The teams swapped donuts until Allen came through for the second time in the day, scoring Jimmy Neal on a sac fly to right with one out in the 13th.
Cameron Robinson was lethal as the starter for University. The junior RHP showed electric stuff, striking out twelve batters in only five innings of work. Michael Harkcom finished as the winning pitcher after delivering 5.1 innings of shutout relief baseball. He gave up four hits and struck out five. Harkcom had a great day at the plate as well, stroking a solo home run, walking three times and driving in three runs.
The second extra inning game of the day took place at Sanford Stadium, where the Seminole Seminoles scratched out a 5-4 win over the Bentonville Tigers.
Trailing by a score of 4-3 heading into the seventh, Carter Brown sparked the Tiger offense with a leadoff single. Pinch runner Cameron Duncan would come in for him, and move to second on a fielder’s choice error. After a flyout put two outs on the board, Matt Bratspies walked to load the bases. Tyler Johnson then delivered a single to left field, scoring Duncan and Kam’ron Mays-Hunt to tie the ballgame.
With one out in the tenth, Scott Fickas singled to third base, and would immediately move to second on a throwing error. A fly ball from Yuri Sabb moved Fickas to third, who then scored on a wild pitch. Bentonville failed to score in the tenth, suffering a 4-3 loss.
Chris Rodriguez picked up the win after throwing three perfect inning in the eighth, ninth and tenth frames. Sabb was 3-5 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Seminole offense.
Lake Brantley 3
Ponte Vedra 1
The Lake Brantley Patriots were efficient enough to pull out a 3-1 victory over the Ponte Vedra Sharks at Lake Brantley High school on Tuesday afternoon.
The Patriot offense made their move in the second inning when Paxton Rigby and Luis Olivier reached on back to back singles. After a strikeout, Alex Wills delivered a double, plating both runners. With a two run lead, starter Casey Todd would cruise until the fifth inning, when he allowed the Sharks to score once o a Michael Zenni single. Brantley got that run back in the sixth to make the final score of 3-1.
Todd threw five innings to earn the win, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Kevin Faulkner was strong in the loss for Ponte Vedra, throwing a six inning complete game, giving up eight hits and three runs. Rigby and Olivier each had two hits to lead the Patriot attack.
Trinity Christian 4
Seven different Warriors recorded a hit, and Kyle McMullen was efficient in his start to lead Jupiter to the 6-4 win over Trinity Christian.
Jupiter’s offense got started early, plating a run in the first and second innings. Trinity got one back in the fourth before Jupiter added two more in the fifth to make it 4-1. The Eagles refused to quit, and their resilience paid off when Trenton Brickhouse smashed a bases clearing double to the fence, scoring three and tying the game. The joy for TCA didn’t last long however, as sloppy play on defense allowed Jupiter to get two runs back in the sixth, leading to the final of 6-4.
McMullen went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He had eight strikeouts on the day, including three in the second inning alone. Brett Carter tossed the final two frames to earn the save. Brickhouse had the three RBIs at the plate, but took the loss on the mound for the Eagles.
Tampa Prep 6
The Seabreeze Sandcrabs used big innings in the first and fourth to take home an 8-6 win over the Tampa Prep Terrapins in the final game on Tuesday.
Seabreeze pushed across four runs in the first thanks to two hits and two errors from the Tampa Prep defense. They were quickly answered though when TP got two runs of their own thanks to a groundout and double in the bottom of the inning. The Terrapins would add one more in the second, then go off for three in the third, highlighted by a Luis Medina RBI double, his second of the game. The Crabs would take a final lead in the top of the fourth when Jacob Wagers stroked a double of his own to left field, and Robert Bell scored two on a single a few batters later. After that half inning, both offenses ceased to produce, as the game ended 8-6.
Ryan Miranda threw four innings of shutout relief, scattering four hits and striking out four. Bell led the offense with his two-run single, and he also scored once. Luis Medina was 3-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBI. He has recorded six total hits in the first two games of the tournament.
All games at Sanford Memorial Stadium
9:00 am – Smith Cotton vs. Boone
11:30 am – Royal Palm Beach vs. Escambia
2:00 pm – Leesburg vs. Olympia
4:30 pm – Clewiston vs. Winter Springs
7:00 pm – IMG Academy vs. Timber Creek