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Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 1 roundup from Riverview

At Riverview

Scores

Plant 10, Blake 1

Newsome 11, Armwood 8

Freedom 5, East Bay 2

Riverview 4, Lennard 3

Pitchers of the day

Austin Atkinson struck out eight and allowed one earned run over six innings to highlight Freedom's 5-2 victory against East Bay. … Newsome right-hander Nick Donnell threw 3 2/3 innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out four to earn his first victory of the season. … Plant sophomore Matt Vaka struck out all three batters he faced in his one inning. … Riverview's Kurt Engert struck out six and picked up his first save of the season by shutting out Lennard over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Hitters of the day

Kyle Tucker, Mack Menendez, Pete Alonso and Terrance Jenkins all hit homers for Plant, accounting for seven of the Panthers' runs in a 10-1 victory. … Freedom freshman Devin Sheppard went 2-for-3 and doubled in an insurance run in the fifth inning. … Newsome leftfielder Adam Gregorich reached base in all four of plate appearances (2-for-2 with two walks).

Defensive gem of the day

Lennard second baseman John Rexach prevented a Riverview run in the third inning by diving to his left and snagging a line drive mere centimeters before it hit the infield dirt. Rexach also went 2-for-4 at the plate and had two RBIs.

Did you know?

Plant used a different pitcher in each inning against Blake. The seven Panthers combined for 12 strikeouts and allowed only four hits.

Dugout chatter

"We want to get everyone's attention. We want to be at the top. We're not satisfied with just being improving every year, we want to be at the top now."

A.J. Leppla, Freedom coach, on his team's 8-2 record, which includes Saturday's pool-play victory over East Bay in the Saladino Tournament

Bryan Burns, Times correspondent

Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 1 roundup from Riverview 03/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:05pm]
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