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Baseball: Sunlake hits stride late for comeback

WESLEY CHAPEL — Sunlake continued its steady improvement in only its second season of play after pounding out 14 hits in an 11-6 comeback win over Wiregrass Ranch on Tuesday.

The Seahawks overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first inning to get within three wins of their entire win total from a year ago.

Sunlake (6-4) trailed 3-2 heading into the fifth inning before breaking the game open with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and chasing Bulls starter Abel Cubero before he could get out of the fifth.

Most of the damage came from Joe Connolly, who had two singles and three RBIs in just the two innings alone and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Seahawks junior Connor Coplon rebounded from a shaky first inning to come within one out of a complete game before giving way to Pablo Rivera.

"I knew we were going to come back and that the offense would keep me in the game," said Coplon, who struck out seven.

Erick Price, Charlie Fischer and Justin Ellis each added two hits for Sunlake.

The Bulls (7-6) were led by the top two hitters in their order in Josh Johnson and Chris Kluender, who combined for five hits and four runs scored.

"We love to play and we're having fun doing what we're doing so I think we can win our division for sure if we keep it up," Coplon said.

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Baseball: Sunlake hits stride late for comeback 03/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:22pm]
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