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Baseball: Alonso tunes up for Saladino with victory over Brandon

BRANDON — The last time Alonso visited Brandon, the Eagles pulled off a 6-5, nine-inning semifinal win en route to the 2008 Tony Saladino Tournament championship.

Wednesday, however, belonged to the Ravens.

Alonso pounded out 12 hits and broke open a tight game with a three-run fifth inning as the Ravens (12-2) defeated the Eagles (11-4) 6-2 in both team's final tuneup before the upcoming Saladino Tournament.

"This was a big win," Alonso coach Landy Faedo said. "We had a couple of brain(cramps) on not covering first on the infield hit in the first and some miscommunication on a fly ball in the outfield, but Ray (Delphey) did a good job for us tonight."

Delphey (5-0), the Ravens starter, was touched for a run in the first inning on an Adam Sass RBI single but settled down from there. The senior righty gave up four hits and struck out seven in five innings.

"I was a little shaky in the beginning," Delphey said. "My control was a little off, and it took me a little while to get going."

Delphey had plenty of offensive support. Seven of the Ravens' nine starters had at least one hit, including three from leadoff batter Tito Martinez. Alonso's Thomas Dorminy finished 2-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs, while teammate Casey Smit also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

"I've got to give it up for my teammates for the way they hit the ball," Delphey said.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Alonso's first four batters reached base, capped off by a two-run double from Dorminy. The Eagles trimmed the lead to 6-2 in the seventh and had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but reliever Jordan Huchro got Austin Browder to ground out to end the game.

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Baseball: Alonso tunes up for Saladino with victory over Brandon 04/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:41pm]
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