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Wingo's gem on the mound leads Plant City to Saladino title

By Jarrett Guthrie, editor

BRANDON – Jarod Wingo hates starting on the mound. The Plant City junior, everyday second baseman and closer has loved his role as the late-inning guy for the Raiders. But in a week-long tournament, where the grueling pace wears down bullpens, adjustments need to be made and routines broken.

Wingo found himself in an unfamiliar role in a huge spot, starting pitcher in Plant City’s first crack at a Saladino Tournament Championship. He did not squander his shot.

“I am not a big fan of starting,” Wingo said with a chuckle. “I love coming in to close, I probably haven’t started since freshman year.”

Wingo was a force, working seven innings, allowing one unearned run and just one hit as the righty sat down 10 via strikeout to lead the Raiders to a 4-1 win in the 39th addition of the annual tournament – bringing the title to Plant City for the first time.

“It was amazing finishing this game out for this team and winning this game,” Wingo said. “This is massiv…

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