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Saladino Tournament: Day 1 roundup from University of Tampa

One in a hurry, one waiting Sickles’ Sam Machonis slides home as Bloomingdale’s Sal Giardina waits for the ball during Bloomingdale’s 13-3 victory at the University of Tampa. The Bulls were part of an onslaught of offense at UT on Day 1 of the Saladino Tournament as Gaither (16) and Plant City (15) also scored in double figures in their victories.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

One in a hurry, one waiting Sickles’ Sam Machonis slides home as Bloomingdale’s Sal Giardina waits for the ball during Bloomingdale’s 13-3 victory at the University of Tampa. The Bulls were part of an onslaught of offense at UT on Day 1 of the Saladino Tournament as Gaither (16) and Plant City (15) also scored in double figures in their victories.

At University of Tampa

Scores

Gaither 16, Spoto 2 (5 innings)

Bloomingdale 13, Sickles 3 (7)

Plant City 15, Robinson 1 (6)

Pitchers of the day: Plant City starter Jonathan Alvarez threw four scoreless innings, scattering four hits. … Gaither's Raymond Rohrer retired all five hitters he faced in relief after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth.

Hitters of the day: Bloomingdale C Sal Giardina drove in three runs and was 3-for-4, including a two-run single in a four-run fifth. Bulls SS Sam Morgan and 1B Cody Crouse were also 3-for-4. … Plant City LF Art Knight hit a three-run triple and doubled. … Gaither 3B Mike Danner had three RBIs and was 2-for-4, including a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth.

Defensive gems of the day: Sickles CF Sam Machonis made two rally-killing diving catches in the gaps to end the fourth and fifth innings. … Plant City RF Micah Carmody threw out Josh Key at second on a hit down the rightfield line in the fourth inning.

Did you know? The 7-8-9 hitters of Plant City's lineup drove in seven runs. … Eight of Gaither's first nine hitters scored in the first. … Bloomingdale used five pitchers, with four pitching just one inning.

Dugout chatter: "In practice this we worked really hard on staying back and seeing the pitches and on pitch selection. As a team, we did a really good job of that today. When we had runners on, we got them in. We did a good job with two outs." — Giardina

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Saladino Tournament: Day 1 roundup from University of Tampa 04/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 11, 2010 12:12am]
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