Aleman's shutout gets Alonso past Plant in Saladino semi
|Franco Aleman picked up his second, complete-game shutout win of the Saladino Tournament defeating Plant in the tournament semifinals on Friday morning. (813Preps file photo by J. Guthrie)|
By Jarrett Guthrie
BRANDON – Alonso senior Franco Aleman said after watching his Ravens fall in the last two Saladino Tournament finals, he has been focused on making an impact for his team since the final out of a loss to Jesuit last year.
Friday, the 6-foot-6, righty did his job stifling Plant’s offense in the tournament semifinals, earning his second win of the tournament on a four-hitter in his second complete-game. Aleman finished with five strikeouts and just a single walk, improved to 4-0 on the year, including a 13-strikeout performance against Gaither on Saturday.
“We’ve made it to the finals the last four years and we lost those last two and I wasn’t able to contribute as much as I did this year,” Aleman said. “For the past year I’ve worked very hard for this moment and to get our team back to the final.”
Alonso (8-3) centerfielder Iholsean Montes drove a line drive to left field and motored around for a triple to lead off the second, and scored on an excellently executed Gabe Montagna RBI sac bunt.
The Ravens added three in the home half of the third as Sehjin Daley (2-for-3) had an RBI single and a pair of errors on the same play added two more.
Plant’s Connor Scott had two hits in the loss, while Gabe Rincones and JD Urso each singled for the Panthers.
The Ravens reach the Saladino championship game for the fourth-straight season and 10th time overall, last winning in 2015 when Alonso claimed its fourth Saladino crown.