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Sat. March 9, 2013 | Times Staff

Saladino tournament, Day 1

At Jefferson High 


• Strawberry Crest 8, Robinson 0 

• Steinbrenner 10, TBT 2 

• Alonso 8, Chamberlain 3 

• Jefferson 5, Plant City 2 

Pitchers of the day 

Strawberry Crest got four shutout innings from freshman Cory Smith against Robinson. Smith gave up one hit and two walks, and he had two strikeouts. ... Alonso freshman Kevin Nunez threw a complete game against Chamberlain, walking two, striking out one and giving up five hits. 

Hitters of the day 

Steinbrenner senior second basemen Jesse Haney went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. ... Jefferson’s Nelson Maldonado went 4-for-4 with a pair of singles and a pair of solo homers to drive in four of the Dragons’ five runs. 

Defensive gem of the day 

With one out in the bottom of the first and runners on first and second, Plant City’s Connor Slagill hit a hard grounder to the Jefferson third baseman, who started a double play. It was ended by senior first basemen Gabriel Selochan doing a full split to dig the ball from the dirt and collect the second out. 

Did you know? 

Tampa Bay Tech holds the all-time Saladino Tournament single-game records for most hits and most runs with 18 hits and 27 runs during a game against East Bay in 2009. 

Dugout chatter 

“Kevin (Nunez) has come in and had to spot-start for us a couple times this year and each time he’s either thrown a complete game or close to it,” — Alonso coach Landy Faedo 

David Rice, Times correspondent 


At Riverview High 


• Hillsborough 2, Sickles 1 

• Plant 10, Lennard 0 

• Bloomingdale 10, Blake 0 

• Riverview 11, Leto 2 

Pitchers of the day 

Plant starter Kyle Tucker and Quinn Cockrell combined on a no-hitter with each tossing three innings to beat Lennard. ...Hillsborough’s Dylan Moore allowed seven hits in seven innings but had a more support than Sickles’ Troy Bacon, who in six innings and gave up just three hits and two unearned runs with eight strikeouts. ...Bloomingdale’s Crouse brothers — Logan, Carson and Cody — pitched one-hit ball for five innings. 

Riverview starter Dakota Moritz allowed just two hits and one earned run with six strikeouts in five innings. 

Hitters of the day 

Plant’s Kyle Tucker hit two homers, barely missing a third with a double high off the wall. He drove in four. Pete Alonso also homered for Plant. ...Bloomingdale’s Ryan Kelley and Jamal Wilson combined for four hits, five runs and two RBIs. Teammate Justin Ambrosino homered and drove in two. ...Ozzy Pacheco led Riverview with two RBIs on a single and a double. 

Did you know? 

In the stands to watch Bloomingdale’s Ryan Kelley was his father, Dean, who played in the Saladino for Brandon in 1983. Dean’s brother, Rodd, also played for Brandon in the 1990 tourney, and Rodd’s son, Cade, played for Durant in last year’s Saladino. 

Steve Lee, Times correspondent 


At Brandon High 


• King 2, Brooks-DeBartolo 1 

• Durant 12, Spoto 1 (5 innings) 

• Newsome 10, Freedom 9 

• Brandon 4, Armwood 1 

Pitcher of the day 

Brooks-DeBartolo senior  Shane Jeffcoat had a no-hitter into the sixth against King and struck out 11 batters, but he was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs in the sixth. 

Hitters of the day 

Newsome catcher Jake Gagain went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs against Freedom. ...Freedom third baseman Anthony Grampietro had two doubles among his three hits. ...Spoto senior Robert Berning hit a solo homer. ...Durant’s Derrek Smith had three hits. ...Michael Alfonso’s two-out, RBI single in the sixth capped King’s comeback victory. ...Phoenix second baseman Davyon Dozier doubled twice and was 3-for-3. 

Defensive gem of the day 

King right-hander Brandon Caples prevented two runs from scoring in the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Brooks-DeBartolo’s Aziel Sime sent a hard-hit grounder up the middle that Caples snared on one hop and threw to first. 

Dugout chatter 

“If it didn’t happen for us there in the sixth inning, it was going to be tough. You start thinking it’s just one of those days. And then you hit a ball hard every once in a while and it’s right at somebody and you go 'Aw, man.’ ” — Jim Macaluso, King coach, whose team was held hitless by Brooks-DeBartolo until the sixth. 

Bryan Burns, Times correspondent 


At University of Tampa 


• Wharton 11, East Bay 10 

(10 innings) 

• Gaither 10, Middleton 0 (4 1/2) 

Pitchers of the day 

Although he only struck out one, Wharton senior Collin Birch held East Bay to just four hits in his five innings. ...Gaither junior left-hander Nathan Fitzpatrick, who had only thrown one inning coming in, threw three shutout innings. 

Hitters of the day 

Brian Morand’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the eighth saved Wharton, which had coughed up an 8-3 lead to East Bay. ...Wharton’s Reed Gray was 3-for-4 and led off the winning inning with his second double. ...East Bay’s Alec Wilson hit a two-run single in the seventh that tied it against Wharton. East Bay’s Brandon Williams  had a two-run double .  ...Gaither’s Tyler Tyson doubled and tripled against Middleton.  Gaither’s Mitchell Martinez cleared the bases with a double. 

Defensive gem of the day 

With runners aboard, Gaither first baseman Efley Espinal dove to his right to stop Marcelino Mederos’ sharply hit ball and beat him to the bag. 

Did you know? 

Wharton and Gaither played a 7-6 thriller Thursday, with Gaither nearly blowing a 7-0 lead. 

Dugout chatter 

“The way we’ve been losing, this one meant a lot.” — Brian Morand, whose Wharton team suffered three of its six losses by one run. 

Darek Sharp, Times correspondent


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