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Baseball: Saladino at Brandon, Day 1

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Sat. March 8, 2014 | Kelly Parsons

At Brandon

Scores

King 12, Brooks-DeBartolo 0, 5 inn.

Plant 6, East Bay 0

Steinbrenner 7, Hillsborough 6

Brandon 14, Spoto 0, 5 inn.

Pitchers of the day

King left-hander Brian Lee struck out nine in five innings against Brooks-DeBartolo. He gave up just two hits. … Plant right-hander Zach Rose gave up two hits in two innings of relief against East Bay. … Steinbrenner right-hander Ryan Fatzinger struck out three and gave up just one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Hitters of the day

King rightfielder Donnell Taylor went 3-for-4, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early. … King DH Michael Stewart went 3-for-3, all singles. … Plant first baseman Ben Russ, who replaced Jake Woodford in the seven-hole in the fifth inning, had a two-run double. … Steinbrenner shortstop Kevin Merrell went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and four stolen bases. … Brandon second baseman Austin Sullivan went 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in three runs.

Defensive gem of the day

After East Bay rightfielder Jordan Anderson singled in the third, Plant turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. The Panthers turned a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh inning.

Did you know?

King assistant coach Mark Rose hit the first-ever homer in the first game of the inaugural Saladino Tournament in 1981. It was an 8 a.m. game against East Bay at Brandon. Rose, who said he reminds his players of the feat every year, can still point to where the ball went over the fence.

Dugout chatter

“To get that (wild card spot in the next round), just in case you lose one of your games, you’ve got to have a shutout and give up one, maybe, or two shutouts. We talked about that, to pound it, pound it, and get out of here with a shutout. That was huge.” — King coach Jim Macaluso

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