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Wesley Chapel 5, King 4
Armwood 3, Spoto 1
Gaither 7, Hillsborough 6
Pitchers of the day: Making just his second start of the season, Armwood left-hander Sean Cramer held Spoto to one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine, and he struck out the side twice, including once in the fifth inning when he left the bases loaded after Spoto's only run and the Spartans tallied three straight singles. … Tyler Alexander struck out the side in the seventh.
Hitters of the day: Spoto DH Ryan Koepp was 2-for-3 with a fifth-inning RBI single. … The Hawks were outhit by Spoto 5-3 and took advantage of three Spoto errors, but Alexander's second-inning double and Billy Farrell's triple that rolled to the centerfield fence paced the Hawks. … Wesley Chapel's Andres Romero was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and one run scored. … Sinjin Sato and Rafael Cedres doubled for King's only extra-base hits.
Defensive gems of the day: Alexander, playing first base, made a lunging backhanded stop down the line to rob Spoto's Arley Benson of a base hit in the fourth. That play was followed by Farrell's diving catch in centerfield to take away a hit from Steven Gonzalez. … Spoto 3B Mike Cawthon made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory near the Armwood bullpen to retire Zack Powers. … Hillsborough C Marlon Mitchell made a sliding grab near the backstop on Nick Cristello's popup behind the plate. … Terriers 1B Daniel Dominguez made a heady play across the diamond, taking a throw at third to catch Mike Danner.
Did you know? The sunset glare bothered both starting pitchers in the first inning of the Gaither-Hillsborough game, making even warmup tosses and return throws an adventure.
Dugout chatter: "My game is mostly ground balls and pop outs. Strikeouts really aren't my thing. We've been preaching since the beginning of the year that we wanted to win Saladino. That's what we've been preaching all week." — Cramer, who struck out a season-high nine
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer