Chamberlain 4, Strawberry Crest 3
Steinbrenner 7, King 6 (eight innings)
Jefferson 5, Bloomingdale 2
Hitter of the day: Steinbrenner's Jason Wilton had the longest hit of all the tournament games played at Jefferson. Tuesday, in the face of a stiff wind which kept a couple of long fly balls from clearing the fence, Wilton muscled out a solo home run that helped the Warriors to their 7-6 victory.
Pitchers of the day: The Chamberlain trio of Dylan Thatcher, Justin McCormick and Stephen Martin combined to three-hit Strawberry Crest in a 4-3 victory. Thatcher threw three innings and earned the win. McCormick threw two innings and struck out two and Martin completed the game with two innings of relief.
Defensive gem of the day: Jefferson P Dennis Lopez helped deal a blow to Bloomingdale in the opening inning. After Sal Giardina hit a deep shot to right-centerfield and reached second, he tried to stretch it to a triple. Jefferson OF Kevin Cruz made a perfect throw to cutoff man Einar Muniz, who whipped a throw to Lopez, who moved over to third to cover the bag. Lopez snared the ball waist-high and made a perfect tag for the out — blunting the Bulls' attempt to erase a deficit.
Did you know? Despite losing to Steinbrenner and posting 2-1 record in Indian Division play (tying with Steinbrenner and Chamberlain) the Lions won the division and advanced to the next round because they allowed the fewest runs. King last won the Saladino Tournament title in 1992.
Dugout chatter: "We're happy to advance. We would have liked to win (this game) on the field but we're glad we're going to the next round. That was our goal." — King coach Jim Macaluso
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent