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Spoto 6, Middleton 2
Armwood 12, Brooks-DeBartolo 8
Gaither 13, King 11
Pitchers of the day: Spoto's George Schmitt threw a complete game against Middleton, striking out 10 on his way to the victory.
Hitters of the day: Spoto sophomore outfielder Khiry Hernandez had a double and a single to lead the Spartans. … Kevin Snyder led Middleton with two doubles. … Brooks-DeBartolo's Adam Eggnatz got his team on the board with a three-run double to deep center in the fourth inning. … Armwood scored 10 runs on nine hits in the third inning led by doubles by Jake Spano, Tanner Emmons and Zack Powers and triples by Billy Farrell and Joe Cartwright. … Kory Wan hit a three-run homer and added a triple in Gaither's win. … Brady North hit a double and a triple for the Cowboys. … King's Taylor Freeman cleared the bases in the third inning with a three-run double.
Defensive gems of the day: Brooks-DeBartolo leftfielder Reshon Bell made a diving grab of a well-hit Armwood ball to the outfield gap that likely would have resulted in at least a double. … Joe Cartwright made a running catch in rightfield to rob Brooks-DeBartolo's Reggie Williams Jr. of a base hit.
Did you know? Winning Armwood pitcher Zack Powers was making just his second start of the season. … Brooks-DeBartolo outfielder Reggie Williams Jr., who is leading the county with 43 stolen bases, was thrown out in his first attempt. … Armwood's 10-run third inning was one-run shy of the Saladino Tournament record for most in one inning, set by Brandon last year. … Gaither and King combined for 22 walks.
Dugout chatter: "(The win) means we know we have a shot at this thing," said Spoto coach Larry Benton. "It's huge for us to come in here and play well. We only have two senior starters so this experience here can carry over the rest of the season and even into next year for us."
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent