Former Jesuit baseball player Peter Alonso, who led Hillsborough County in RBIs last season, has transferred to Plant, baseball coach Dennis Braun confirmed Wednesday.
Alonso, a junior first baseman/third baseman, hit .495 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 53 RBIs for the Class 4A state finalist Tigers, driving in 16 runs in eight postseason games. Alonso served as the Tigers' designated hitter last season, batting from the cleanup spot in the Jesuit lineup.
Braun said he met Alonso for the first time Tuesday -- the first day of classes -- and didn't know how he would use Alonso. He has incumbent senior starters at both first and third base this season.
"I know of him but really didn’t know anything about him," Braun said. "We didn’t play Jesuit and they weren't in our district so there really wasn’t a need to pay attention to them."
The Panthers won the Class 6A-8 district title last season, but had to forfeit 26 games for use of an illegal player that had transferred from Jesuit and did hold a primary residence in Plant's district. An FHSAA investigation found that Braun did not know about the activity and the player had since transferred to Hillsborough, the school he was districted for.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)