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• Durant 3, King 1
• Armwood 5, Freedom 3
• Brandon 5, Newsome 1
Pitchers of the day
In addition to Danish (see related story), Armwood right-hander Shawn Queen tossed his second complete game of the season, scattering five hits in a 100-pitch effort against Freedom. … In the nightcap, Brandon senior right-hander Eric Hinostroza tossed a six-hitter, striking out nine and walking one.
Hitters of the day
King junior Kevin Buckley went 2-for-3 with a double off Danish. … Queen assisted his own cause, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. … Brandon junior cleanup hitter Ryan Anderson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the Eagles’ four-run sixth.
Defensive gem of the day
Freedom junior LF Tyler Lucchese laid out for a backhanded snag of a Jake Almand pop fly to end the first inning against Armwood. … Newsome senior Nick Flanagan made a lunging backhanded catch of a Hinostroza fly ball just across the leftfield foul line.
Did you know?
Brandon second baseman Austin Sullivan and Eagles shortstop Jordan Feist, grandsons of tournament founders Tony and Bertha Saladino Jr., helped turn a game-ending 4-6-3 double play against Newsome. … Brandon’s players, who also care for the field before and after each game, logged a 14-hour day Tuesday. They arrived at 8:15 a.m. and finished off Newsome just before 10 p.m. In return for their toil, the Eagles get free access to the buffet at the hospitality tent.
“This was probably his best outing. … That’s what he gives us, that’s what he does. When we knew we were going to get to tonight, we knew we were going to get that out of him.” — Brandon coach Matt Stallbaumer on Hinostroza’s effort, which helped the Eagles (9-3) clinch a quarterfinals berth