Cambridge scores at will, thumps Sonrise
TAMPA — All season, opponents have had trouble stopping Cambridge's juggernaut offense. Tuesday's Class A region quarterfinal was no exception as Sonrise fell to the Lancers 14-4.
Cambridge's Matt Fishman set the tone early, retiring the first three batters, but his teammates stole the show.
In the bottom of the first, Trent Tagilirini and Logan McDougal put Cambridge on the board with a pair of RBIs. After the Lancers scored twice more on wild pitches, Fishman got himself out of two bases-loaded jams in the following inning before Cambridge crossed the plate five more times.
"Our goal was to get on them as quickly and often as we could," Cambridge coach Rick Shears said. "We definitely accomplished that."
Sonrise chipped away at the nine-run deficit in the third when Chance Reed and Aaron Shireman scored on David Evans' RBI double. But Cambridge had other ideas. The Lancers countered in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by Michael Miller, who later scored on McDougal's second RBI of the game.
Bryan Rizzetta, who led Cambridge with three RBIs, knocked in McDougal for a 12-2 lead.
"We did everything right, including the small stuff and especially getting some big hits. We kept the intensity at 100 percent," Rizzetta said.
Peter Pupello, Times correspondent