Saladino Tournament: Day 2 at University of Tampa

Published March 13 2018


Brooks DeBartolo 7, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Steinbrenner 9, Robinson 1

Gaither 11, Middleton 1

Durant 4, Alonso 1

Hitters of the day

Brooks DeBartolo SS Nicholas Dicecco finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs in the Phoenix's win against the Titans, and P Ryan Martin went 2-for-3, driving in one more. … Steinbrenner and Robinson were knotted at 1 through four frames before the Warriors broke through, scoring eight runs in the fifth as they took advantage of Knight errors, batted around, and then some. CF Jordan Lala finished 2-for-2, walking twice. Five different Warriors had RBIs. … In Gaither's run-ruled victory against Middleton, 1B Sebastian Greico went 3-for-3 and drew a walk, stealing three of the Cowboys' nine bases and scoring three runs, two on passed balls. … After an Alonso error allowed two runs to score, C Coleton Brogden hit a two-run double to centerfield, extending Durant's lead.

Pitchers of the day

Steinbrenner's Chase Campolong threw 53 pitches, 40 for strikes, giving up just three hits and one earned run in five innings on the mound. The Warriors had two come in in relief — Bryce Leonhardt and Huston Richter — both of whom pitched one inning of hitless baseball. … Durant's Matthew Byars struck out nine and gave up just one hit, a single, in five innings on the mound.

Did you know?

Steinbrenner has now scored a total of 21 runs in its past two games. The last time the Warriors had more in a two-game span was in 2015, when they beat Middleton 35-0 and Spoto 6-1 in the same week.

Defensive gem of the day

In the bottom of the third inning, Durant SS Jacob Smith made a nice grab, throwing it to first in time for the out that kept Byars' then no-hit campaign alive. On the very next play, 1B Arpad Zsold caught a line drive to end the frame, stranding  a pair of Ravens.

Dugout chatter

"We had some timely hits. I think earlier in the game we didn't. I think finally that third time around, we did some good things, we made some good substitutions, and some guys put some good swings on it and knocked in some runs. That was good to see." — Steinbrenner coach John Crumbley on the Warriors' big fifth inning.

"It's a great experience, especially playing for Gaither. It's a top-notch school. All the kids have been really welcoming, and they've supported me." — Greico, who is homeschooled, on his first season playing for the Cowboys

"I think the most important thing is just to locate. A lot of people focus on velocity, but we throw a lot at practice and we focus on locating, and I think that's what helped me." — Byars on his nine-strikeout performance against Alonso

"We want to be aggressive baserunning, aggressive hitting. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. But we try to stay very aggressive on offense as a whole, as a philosophy." — Gaither coach Nelson North on his team's nine stolen bases against Middleton