Shaved into the top of Robert Sitz's head is a K.
Ironic, considering Sitz threw a complete game against Miami Southridge and did not strike out one batter in Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley's 6-3 victory.
Sitz (12-1), whose only loss this year came against Jesuit, gave up only five hits to a Southridge team that had pounded out 56 hits and scored 47 runs in the playoffs.
Lake Brantley coach Mike Smith, however, failed to inform Sitz of the Spartans' offensive prowess.
"I didn't want to scare him," Smith said. "I just gave Robbie the ball and said, "Here you go.'
Sitz threw mainly off-speed pitches and kept the fastball-hitting Spartans off balance.
"His off-speed pitches were working real well," Southridge coach Fred Burnside said. "He kept us off our back foot and all we could do was hit weak ground balls."
Fourteen of them in fact, with 13 corralled for outs.
In the third inning with the bases loaded and none out, leadoff hitter David Rodriguez grounded into a double play that thwarted a potential big inning.
"That is just an example of what we did a lot of today," Burnside said. "We have swung the bats real well all year, but today we did a poor job of pitch selection. Sometimes that happens in big games and today our plate discipline was not good."
"I came in wanting to keep the ball down," Sitz said. "And I think I kept it down well. I just let my defense play behind me and not worry about striking out people."
Brian Boeshko's (2-for-2, 2 RBI, run) double ignited a three-run third and his two-run single through a drawn-in infield gave the Patriots a 5-2 lead after four.
A Bryan Chancellor triple gave Sitz a four-run lead into the sixth.
Southridge mounted a rally in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out. Sitz threw a wild pitch to score one, but Rodriguez grounded back to Sitz and Barry Paulk flew out to right to end the game.