At University of Tampa
Sickles 11, Blake 4
Spoto 6, Plant City 1
Gaither 14, Robinson 3 (five innings)
Hitters of the day: How about Gaither's batting order? Eight of the Cowboys' nine starters had at least one hit, led by 3B Mike Danner (double, triple, three RBIs). Additionally, junior Zach Jackson went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, and Gil Leon came off the bench to provide a two-run single. … Mike Sciortino's run-scoring triple against Blake was the only one of Sickles' 10 hits that went for extra bases. … Spoto senior Rafael Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.
Pitcher of the day: Less than 24 hours after a 38-pitch relief stint against Robinson, 150-pound Spoto RHP George Schmitt threw 116 more in a complete-game win against Plant City. Schmitt (two hits, 10 strikeouts, one walk) fanned seven of nine batters in one stretch.
Defensive gem of the day: Hard to find one on a day when the first two games featured 17 total errors (including eight by Blake). We'll go with Spoto CF Michael Ramsey, who raced to his left to make a basket catch of Art Knight's fly ball to right-center in the seventh inning.
Did you know? Gaither batted around in both the first and second innings. … With 37 runs in their first three games, the Cowboys have a chance at the tournament record for total runs (51) should they keep winning.
Dugout chatter: "He came out this afternoon and said, 'I've never felt better Coach, don't worry about a thing.' And when he has that attitude you know he's on, he's ready to go." — Spoto coach Pat Rainey on Schmitt, who has allowed three hits in 91/3 innings over the past two days
Joey Knight, Times staff writer