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Baseball: Saladino at Jefferson, Day 3

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Tue. March 12, 2013 | David Rice

At Jefferson
Scores
• Robinson 7, Tampa Bay Tech 6
• Strawberry Crest 4, Steinbrenner 1
• Jefferson 6, Alonso 0

Pitchers of the day
Strawberry Crest junior Austin Boatwright threw a complete game against Steinbrenner with three strikeouts and allowed one run on nine hits and a walk. … Jefferson senior Ryan Jones threw a complete-game shutout, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out five.

Hitters of the day
Nelson Maldonado improved his tournament batting average to .727 with a pair of singles in Jefferson’s victory over Alonso. He finished 2-for-4. … Dragons sophomore Jonathon Diaz drove in two runs, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.

Defensive of the day
Strawberry Crest became the second team in Saladino tournament history to turn a triple play. With runners on first and second, Steinbrenner called for a hit and run. Senior Nick D’Ambrosio hit a line-drive bullet toward second baseman Nick Brocato, who was positioned close to the bag. Brocato caught it, stepped on second and threw to first to end the inning.

Did you know?
Steinbrenner has more seniors on its roster (10) than any team at this year’s tournament.

Dugout chatter
“Nelson (Maldonado) has a couple of D-I scouts looking at him that say he could play for them right now. I keep telling them it’s too bad, they’re going to have to wait. The kid is really going to be something special in a couple years.” — Jefferson coach Pop Cuesta on his sophomore leftfielder

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