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Mon. March 11, 2013 | Bryan Burns

At Brandon
Scores
• King 11, Spoto 0 (5 innings)
• Durant 8, Brooks DeBartolo 1
• Newsome 12, Armwood 1 (5)
• Brandon 10, Freedom 1

Pitchers of the day
King junior left-hander Tyeler Checkley was one batter from a perfect game before allowing a single to Spoto’s Marc McCoy with two out in the fifth inning. Still, Checkley struck out the next hitter to finish with a six-strikeout one-hitter. … Durant junior Jacob Scolaro held Brooks DeBartolo to one run on four hits over 51/3 innings to earn his first victory of the season. Scolaro struck out five. … Newsome pitchers Cody Rector (five strikeouts), Mitch Intille and Drew Bradley combined to hold Armwood to two hits through five innings.

Hitters of the day
Erik Dowse finished a double away from the cycle after smacking a three-run home run, a triple and a single in Newsome’s runaway victory over Armwood. … King second baseman Tanner Williams set the pace for the Lions’ offensive explosion with two doubles and two RBIs. The Lions had 12 hits in five innings. … Durant batters showed good plate discipline against Brooks DeBartolo and finished with 13 walks in the Cougars’ 8-1 victory. Third baseman Jake Sullivan had two doubles. … Brenden Rivera singled in both plate appearances and drove in Brooks-DeBartolo’s only run in the loss to Durant. … Brandon’s Miguel Fajardo had two hits and three RBIs.

Defensive gem of the day
Newsome second baseman Daulton Donini turned a big-league double play, hopping over a hard-sliding baserunner at second and throwing out Armwood pinch-hitter Kenny Fuller by a step to end the Wolves’ five-inning game against the Hawks.

Did you know?
In the 33-year history of the Saladino Tournament, no pitcher has ever thrown a perfect game.

Dugout chatter
“I love my players. They do all they can to help me out. I was crushed giving up the single, but I was happy to recover on the next batter.” — Checkley recalling the lone base hit he allowed against Spoto, a bloop single that somehow fell behind retreating infielders Tanner Williams (second baseman) and Devon Pedro (shortstop) and in front of a diving Sey Juan Lawrence from centerfield

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