Freedom 7, East Bay 5
Middleton 10, Brooks-DeBartolo 8
Alonso 8, Tampa Bay Tech 0
Brandon 9, Newsome 0
Pitchers of the day: Alonso starter Jose Fernandez and relievers D.J. Shives, Ryan Valdes and Ronnie Cannon combined to shut out TBT, allowing five hits. … Senior left-hander Austin Browder of Brandon struck out eight in four innings and Chase Sparkman pitched three innings of relief to preserve the shutout.
Hitters of the day: Tyler Ding of Alonso, last year's Saladino co-MVP, picked up where he left off. The senior second baseman was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs. … Chris Newcomb of East Bay went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and a stolen base.
Defensive gems of the day: In the top of the seventh with a runner on second, TBT's Jaylin Earl smoked a line drive up the middle. But Cannon snared it and fired to second to double off the runner. It was Alonso's third double play of the afternoon.
Did you know? The Saladinos will host a pancake breakfast May 8 to help offset the cost of hosting the tournament. The event will be at Beef O'Brady's (2561 E. State Road 60 in Valrico) and tickets are available for a $5 donation throughout the week at Brandon High.
Dugout chatter: "The sausage was good but I'm waiting for the famous potato salad later this week. That's really the only reason I come here … the potato salad." — Alonso coach Landy Faedo on Bertha's Kitchen, hosted each year by Bertha Saladino
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent