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Saladino baseball tournament: Roundup from Riverview

At Riverview


Wharton 16, Lennard 3

Jefferson 8, Newsome 0

Plant 11, Durant 0

Plant City 4, Riverview 2

Pitchers of the day: Plant senior Mychal Givens threw a one-hit, complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts and one walk. … Jefferson senior Tim Blackmon threw a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts, five hits and two walks. … Plant City senior Ross Kip went seven innings with six strikeouts, allowing three hits, three walks and one earned run. … Wharton junior David Langhan went six innings with seven strikeouts, four hits, a walk and one earned run.

Hitters of the day: Mychal Givens picked up his second home run of the tournament, crushing one over the leftfield fence for a 9-0 lead in the sixth inning. He also had a two-run shot Saturday against Plant City. He finished 2-for-2 Monday with two runs, three RBIs, two walks and a stolen base. … Wharton senior Ryan Gawrych had a solid day going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI and a triple. … Plant junior Stan Rowe went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. … Wharton senior Gabriel Collazo went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run, two runs scored and two walks.

Defensive gems of the day: Riverview centerfielder Ryan O'Gara made a perfect one-hop throw to catcher Brett Clements easily throwing out Plant City junior Zack Batley, who was attempting to score from second. … Plant third baseman Connor Shimberg made a diving stab at a grounder, making the throw to second baseman Dylan Henderson to get the lead runner.

Did you know? The sign-in book at the front gate dated for Monday's games showed roughly 30 names of Major League Baseball scouts, many trying to catch a glimpse of Mychal Givens warming up. The Panthers' ace has been projected by some to be a first-round selection in June, and several radar guns behind home plate clocked his fastball at 95 mph. … The fourth game of the day was a home-run derby of sorts. Four hitters jacked home runs with a little help from a gusting wind to leftfield.

Dugout chatter: "There was 35 the first day we practiced. Usually, there's somebody out there. He's been everywhere. If they need to see him play any more they'd have to see him play naked." — Plant coach Dennis Braun on Mychal Givens and how he copes with being closely watched by MLB scouts.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Saladino baseball tournament: Roundup from Riverview 04/06/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 6, 2009 10:57pm]
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