SEMINOLE — After pitching on Wednesday, Andres Sanchez wasn't planning on pitching again on Thursday against Northside Christian. Pressed into action, Sanchez threw four innings allowing Boca Ciega to take a 6-5 extra-inning victory in the losers bracket of the Steve Georgiadis Memorial Tournament.
"(Sanchez) did a great job and showed a lot of heart," Pirates coach Jason Szafarski said. "He came in with the bases loaded and was able to get out of jams."
The Pirates scored first in the second inning. Zach Parisoff led off with a double and Sanchez followed with a single. Henry Franks then unloaded a towering fly to leftfield that cleared the fence to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
"Henry is the type of guy that can carry a team on his back with one swing," Szafarski said.
Northside tied the game in the fifth thanks to some shaky defense from Boca Ciega. Harrison Ralph reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Kyle Turner appeared to hit a double-play ball but the throw from second was off, allowing Ralph to score and Turner to move to second. Cam Eller singled to score Turner.
The Mustangs took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when Hughes reached on another error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ralph.
The lead was short-lived as the Pirates added two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Northside tied the game in the seventh as Eller walked. Pinch runner Dalton Eckstein came around to score on a wild pitch and send the game into extra innings.
Sanchez shut down the Mustangs in the eighth and Franks led off the inning with a walk. Franks stole second and moved to third on a balk. After a ground out, Franks scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Mike Lovejoy.
"This has been our season," Mustangs coach Raul Hernandez said. "We're getting no breaks and nothing bounces our way. When you've lost seven games by a combined 10 runs, that tells the story."
Pembroke Pines Charter cruised to a 15-1 victory over Shorecrest. The tournament continues today with winners bracket play as Orlando Dr. Phillips faces Lakewood and host Seminole plays Orlando First Academy.