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Baseball: Saladino at University of Tampa, Day 3

At University of Tampa

Scores

Freedom 9, Blake 5 Plant City 7, Riverview 0

Armwood 7, Robinson 3 Alonso 3, Sickles 2 (nine)

Pitchers of the day

A day after tossing two scoreless innings vs. Freedom, Plant City sophomore Ryan Boyd struck out six and was perfect through four innings. …Alonso's Kevin Nunez (four Ks) threw eight innings, allowing only two runs on five hits. …Sickles' Troy Bacon struck out five with no walks and gave up two runs in a seven-inning effort.

Hitters of the day

Sam Davidson was 0-for-3 until his last at-bat in the ninth inning of Alonso's neighborhood battle with Sickles for the Pool F title. But the junior lined a 1-2 changeup into leftfield to lead the Ravens to an extra-innings victory. Ryan Mejia singled home the tying run with two outs in the sixth. …Sickles leadoff Xavier Rodriguez (2-for-4) laced a triple off the top of the wall in rightfield, and Levi Gilcrease was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. …Peyton Collins (2-for-4), Dalton Wingo (2-for-3, walk) and Trey Matthews (2-for-3) each had two RBIs for Plant City; junior Connor Slagill was 2-for-4 with a double. …Armwood junior Jimmy Blake had three hits, including a double. …Freedom leadoff Coleton Morgan stroked a triple and two singles in a 3-for-4 effort. Mason Strickland (1-for-2) also tripled, and John Berg (2-for-3, sac fly) had three RBIs. …Blake, winless in Saladino play, was led by cleanup batter Derek Mann, 2-for-2 with a double and two walks.

Defensive gem of the day

Alonso freshman second baseman Jose Ciccarello collided with rightfielder Brandt Burrows on a shallow flyball, but still made the out. Later in the seventh, third baseman Jake Clark raced down the leftfield line for an over-the-shoulder, diving grab in foul territory to end the inning.

Did you know?

Plant City's pitching staff allowed only one unearned run through three Saladino pool games.

Dugout chatter

"First time hitting a walk off. Just feeling the moment, trying to do my job." — Davidson on his winner for Alonso

Bryan Burns, Times correspondent

Baseball: Saladino at University of Tampa, Day 3 03/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:15pm]
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