Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 roundup from Brandon



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Wed. March 14, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

At Brandon

Durant 3, Strawberry Crest 2
Plant City 7, Spoto 0
Leto 12, Middleton 1 (6 innings)
Bloomingdale 2, Brandon 1 (8)

Pitchers of the day
Of the three gems tossed Tuesday, none produced a win. Bloomingdale junior right-hander Cody Crouse allowed two hits over six innings — retiring 16 in a row at one point — before giving way to closer Austin Wilson in the seventh with a 1-0 lead. Meantime, Brandon senior right-hander Chris Toney scattered eight hits in an eight-inning effort, striking out four and walking two (one intentionally). … Strawberry Crest left-hander Wes Carter allowed three hits over six innings, striking out three and walking none. … Durant junior Tyler Danish, arguably the Cougars’ MVP on Tuesday, allowed two hits over the final four innings in relief.

Hitters of the day
After allowing the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, Wilson — Bloomingdale’s closer and cleanup hitter — smacked a one-out triple to the left-centerfield gap to score Richie Martin in the eighth. Martin, incidentally, finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. … Toney’s one-out RBI single to left-center in the bottom of the seventh forced extra innings. … Durant sophomore Luke Heyer’s one-out sacrifice bunt in the sixth scored pinch-runner Corey Hamm for the Cougars’ decisive run. Hamm was running for Danish, who had doubled. … Plant City junior Sergio Garcia went 2-for-3 and scored two runs; senior teammate Bobby Moundoux had a two-run double. … Senior Chris Miranda-Carr collected four total RBIs including a three-run double for Leto, which scored six runs each in the second and sixth innings.

Did you know?
Armwood football coach Sean Callahan tossed out the ceremonial first pitch — a soft strike — before the Brandon-Bloomingdale game. … When Jefferson surrendered only one run to Wharton earlier in the evening to secure the tournament’s wild-card spot, the Bulls-Eagles contest became a winner-take-all affair, with the winner securing a quarterfinals berth and the loser going home.

Dugout chatter
“I knew I was coming up (to bat), but honestly, nobody wants it to get to that point. I honestly wanted to shut the door in the bottom of the seventh like I should have.” — Wilson, an Eastern Michigan commit who produced the winning RBI for Bloomingdale in the top of the eighth after allowing the game-tying run in the seventh


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