Alonso hitters tee off, while Butler tosses gem in region win

Alonso ace Jordan Butler allowed just one hit to Treasure Coast, facing the minimum as the Ravens
won 10-0 in six innings in Tuesday's Class 9A region quarterfinal. 

TAMPA – Alonso senior Jordan Butler at times made Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast hitters look uncomfortable at the plate – and those were the good at-bats against the Ravens lefty.

Butler cruised through 3 2/3 innings before Titans' hitter Terrence Williams drove a single down the third base line in the fourth. However, Williams was quickly erased trying to take second base a few pitches later as Butler cruised through six innings, facing the minimum and striking out nine.

The Ravens bats showed up with a ton of support for him on the mound crushing 14 hits, including a six-run sixth inning to end things early via mercy-rule 10-0, in Class 9A region quarterfinal win.

Butler struck out the side in the top of the first and the Ravens offense responded early.

“I feel like if I set the tone in the first inning my team will just feed off that,” Butler said. “Then we just keep going like we did tonight.”

The Ravens got on the board with a run in the first on a sloppy play in the outfield, which allowed Nick Gonzalez to score from third. Two innings later, Gonzalez pushed things out of reach, belting a home run into the woods in left field.

“As soon as I hit it I didn’t know that it was gone,” Gonzalez said. “Last week I hit one that I thought was gone … and he caught it at the fence.”

“I’m just happy I got a good pitch and just drove it.”

Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 in the win scoring three times in the win. Sophomore Conor McNair also added some fireworks to the win with two-run homer of his own to left in the sixth inning.

Senior and Florida Atlantic signee Jared DeSantolo chipped in a two-run double in the sixth, part of his three-hit effort. 

Ryan Drumheller followed DeSantolo’s double with a walk-off hit to center to end the game early.

“I was seeing the ball well, got one and put it back up the middle,” DeSantolo said. “I got (myself) in position for Ryan Drumheller to get me in on a walk off, and he did it.”

“That’s what we like.”
Alonso will host Vero Beach, winners 2-1 against Newsome in the region semifinals, next Tuesday (May 16) at 7 p.m.

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