6A region baseball: Fernandez on the mark for prolific Ravens



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Wed. May 4, 2011 | Herald- Tribune

SARASOTA — Sometime before Tuesday night’s Class 6A region quarterfinal, Alonso’s Jose Fernandez told his teammates that he needed just one run.

“We got one in the first inning,’’ said the senior right-hander. “I was like, 'That’s it. Game over.’ ”

But just to be sure, the Ravens added 13 more. As a consequence, Sarasota saw its season end in lopsided fashion, collecting just one hit against the almost-certain first-round pick in a 14-0 loss.

The Sailors (15-11) faced Fernandez in last season’s region quarterfinal, losing 5-1, but that experience did not help them Tuesday. Sarasota’s only hit was Brandon Haarer’s first-inning single.

After that, the 6-foot-3 Fernandez used a 94-95 mph fastball, curve and changeup to dominate the Sailors. Raven hitters, meanwhile, reached four Sarasota pitchers for 18 hits and 14 runs in a game halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Fernandez helped himself with three hits, an RBI and a run scored, but he was hardly alone. Leadoff hitter Matt Brandy collected two home runs and a single, second baseman Chris Mejia knocked in three runs, as did first baseman Chris Chism.

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