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Plant 4, Freedom 3
East Bay 8, Blake 3
Lennard 9, Armwood 4
Newsome 1, Riverview 0
Pitchers of the day
Riverview starting pitcher Dylan Drawdy was on the unfortunate end of a 1-0 score line. The senior right-hander went the distance against Newsome, giving up one unearned run on three hits and striking out nine. … The Newsome trio of Ryan Tauscher (seven strikeouts), John Mason and Erik Dowse kept the Sharks off the scoreboard. Dowse allowed a leadoff single in the seventh before striking out the next three batters to pick up a save. … Harvard-bound Plant right-hander Matt Sanders keyed the Panthers’ victory by pitching a complete-game five-hitter. Sanders retired the final seven batters.
Hitters of the day
Enmanuel Rodriguez, an East Bay senior, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. … Plant leadoff hitter Shawn Henderson reached base all four trips to the plate (3-for-3 with a walk) and had a stolen base. … The Panthers’ Pete Alonso had an extra-base hit for the third straight Saladino game after smacking an RBI double in the first inning. Alonso was 2-for-4 overall. … Freedom’s Eric Schindler capped a stellar three-game Saladino stretch by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Defensive gem of the day
Freedom rightfielder Devin Sheppard ended the sixth inning in spectacular fashion, making a diving stab with his back to the plate running full-tilt toward the outfield wall. Also from the Freedom-Plant game, Panthers rightfielder Nick Rich caught a foul pop-up down the first-base line with his glove crashing into a chain-link fence, and Patriots second baseman Chandler Chapman made an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow rightfield, Willie Mays style.
Did you know?
Riverview stranded 11 in its 1-0 loss to Newsome; Plant left eight on base but still managed to squeak out a one-run victory and finish undefeated in Pool E. … Lennard churned out nine runs on 13 hits to beat Armwood and record its first victory of the season.
“He’s our guy. He was our guy last year, and he’s still our guy. He had a little soreness from his last start so I had him shut down for a little bit. Got him back going here and that’s nice to see. He can throw any pitch any time he wants in any count. That’s why he’s going where he’s going.” — Plant coach Dennis Braun talking about the seven-inning performance from Sanders