SEMINOLE — Boca Ciega coach Jason Szafarski knew Orlando Dr. Phillips prided itself on pitching. Wednesday afternoon he saw why as three pitchers combined to hold the Pirates to one run and four hits in an 8-1 Panthers victory at the Steve Georgiadis Memorial Tournament.
"Every pitcher they brought out there could throw three pitches for strikes," Szafarski said. "They could locate the curveball on any count."
Tyler Shankle started for the Panthers, throwing three innings without allowing a hit. Manny Catarata pitched two innings while giving up one hit and striking out five. Andrew Trucks pitched the last two innings and gave up three hits and one run while striking out three.
"Pitching is our strongest suit," Dr. Phillips coach Mike Bradley said. "I have a lot of guys that can pound the zone that I have faith and trust in."
Dr. Phillips' offense held up its end as the Panthers scored in every inning. In the first Adam Dervsha singled, stole two bases and scored on a single by Blake Hutton. The Panthers added another run in the second.
The Panthers scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings. Dervsha singled and Matt Brough followed with a double. Dervsha scored on a balk and Brough scored on a sacrifice fly by Hutton. In the fourth Ryan Gordon led off with a walk and J.P. Galagarza moved him to third with a double. Gordon scored on a sacrifice fly by Galvin Gallardo and Galagarza scored on a walk.
"Our goal is to win every inning," Bradley said. "We want to get into scoring position and push runs across."
The Pirates' only run came in the sixth inning. Mike Pipkin singled and moved up on a single by Zack Parisoff. Aaron Brenner drove in Pipkin.
"We have to have a better approach and stop chasing balls out of the zone," Szafarski said. "We have to execute on offense and be more patient."
Dr. Phillips faces Lakewood in a winners bracket game Friday while Boca Ciega faces Shorecrest in a losers bracket game today.
In the late game Orlando First Academy jumped out to an 8-2 lead before holding off Pembroke Pines Charter School for a 10-6 victory. First Academy advances to face host Seminole in the winners bracket on Friday while Pembroke Pines falls into the losers bracket to face Northside Christian.