TAMPA — A member of the Cambridge baseball team since he was an eighth-grader, Matt Fishman wasted no time identifying his best game.
"Today," said the senior leftfielder. "Definitely today."
Fishman made a huge run-saving defensive play late in the game and stroked the winning, two-run scoring triple as Cambridge beat Sarasota Christian 3-1 Friday in the Class A region semifinals. But it wasn't easy for Cambridge (23-4), which has reached the state title game the past two seasons.
The Lancers uncharacteristically struggled with base running early, with three runners picked off. And an error in the third inning eventually resulted in Sarasota Christian taking a 1-0 lead.
But Cambridge had a big factor in its favor: ace Peter Miller. Miller, an FSU signee who draws pro scouts in droves, was dominant, striking out seven while allowing four hits. Miller had a hiccup in the third, when he walked three batters and gave up a hit that scored the game's first run. But his defense came up big late.
Cambridge tied the score in the fifth when Logan McDougall walked and made it home on two passed balls.
With Sarasota Christian runners on first and second in the sixth, third baseman Zac Gilcrease scooped up a ball to start a double play. With a runner still on second one batter later, Fishman made his acrobatic catch on a ball hit deep. A half inning later his triple scored Gilcrease and McDougall.