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• Strawberry Crest 12, Tampa Bay Tech 2
• Steinbrenner 12, Robinson 2
• Jefferson 9, Chamberlain 2
• Alonso 7, Plant City 1
Pitchers of the day
Jefferson sophomore Jordan Norman threw six innings without giving up an earned run as the Dragons picked up their second win of the tournament. Norman finished with three strikeouts, giving up four hits and four walks. … Junior Alex Faedo threw a complete game for Alonso, racking up a Saladino Tournament-record 17 strikeouts against Plant City. He gave up just two hits and one walk.
Hitters of the day
Strawberry Crest junior Matthew Collado went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, two RBIs and scored another two runs in his team’s win over Tampa Bay Tech. … Steinbrenner’s Alex Hanson went 3-for-4, falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle, with three RBIs and scoring twice in the Warriors’ victory over Robinson.
Defensive gem of the day
With his team trailing 8-1 and under the threat of Jefferson runners at first and second, Chamberlain centerfielder Trajan Rodriguez sprinted into left-center in pursuit of a line drive by Dragons leftfielder Jacob Campbell. At full speed, Rodriguez left his feet to make a diving grab then sprung back up and fired a throw to second for a double play to end the inning.
Did you know?
In 2008, Plant City became the only school in Saladino history to turn a triple play.
“I didn’t even know about the record. Truthfully, I didn’t know how many strikeouts I had going into the last inning, but the guys in the dugout were saying I better go get these last three so I said I’d do my best. I was really happy that we scored early because this was my first start of the season, but to set the tournament record is pretty awesome.” — Faedo on his record-setting outing