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Durant 9, Plant City 1
Strawberry Crest 14, Spoto 0
Bloomingdale 13, Middleton 4
Brandon 6, Leto 0
Pitchers of the day
When Bloomingdale freshman Tommy McLaughlin came on in the bottom of the second, there were no outs, runners on first and second, and Bloomingdale and Middleton were tied at 4. He went on to pitch five scoreless innings — in his first appearance of the season — and gave up only three hits while striking out four and walking none. … Leto starter Chris Miranda-Carr pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven before he was lifted from the game.
Hitters of the day
Strawberry Crest shortstop Jose Molina, who entered the tournament as one of nine Hillsborough County hitters hitting .500 or better, maintained his average by going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. … Middleton leadoff hitter Taylor Byrd and cleanup hitter Juan Bores each went 3-for-4 in a losing effort for the Tigers. … Bloomingdale DH Ryan Kelley went 2-for-2 with a walk, double, sacrifice bunt, run scored and two RBIs. … Brandon second baseman Austin Sullivan may have had only one official at-bat to go along with three walks, but his single to centerfield broke open a 0-0 tie with Leto in the top of the sixth.
Defensive gems of the day
The Strawberry Crest catching tandem of Tanner Emmons and Dustin Lawson combined to throw out five Spoto baserunners in the Chargers’ 14-0 win. In fact, every player who reached base for Spoto was promptly erased with a caught stealing. … Bloomingdale ended its game with Middleton with an exclamation mark, as second baseman Nolan Schrenker made a diving stop, shortstop Richie Martin scooped up his throw, and first baseman Garrett Lorenzo picked Martin’s throw out of the dirt to finish the 6-4-3 double play. … Durant LF Paxton Sims, Middleton LF Brian Manana and Bloomingdale RF Brycen Gladbach made diving catches in the outfield.
Did you know?
Plant City tied a Saladino tournament record by using six pitchers in its 9-1 loss to Durant. The Raiders now share that mark with Chamberlain (1988) and East Bay (1991).
“In a tournament like this, you need somebody to step up and give you quality innings. For him to do what he did, as a freshman, is huge for is. We’re sitting at 2-0 in this tournament, and I’ve still got four of my big arms that I haven’t used yet. If we are able to go deep in this thing, Tommy will be the unsung hero.” — Bloomingdale coach Kris Wilken on pitcher Tommy McLaughlin
“A lot of people talk about that one wild-card game that’s left, but I hope our kids aren’t quite thinking about a wild card. If we win tomorrow, we should take care of business." — Brandon coach Matt Stallbaumer, whose Eagles shut out Leto 6-0 and face Bloomingdale in the winner-take-all game of Pool A