Hillsborough Co. District Baseball Round-Up 5/8/18


The Leto Falcons toe the third base line in the pregame prior to the Falcons Class 7A region quarterfinal win over Lakeland Lake Gibson. 
Hillsborough Co. District Baseball Round-Up 5/8/18

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Class 9A-Region 2 Quarterfinals
Vero Beach 1, Alonso 0 (11 innings)

Alonso fell to Vero Beach in extra innings after outstanding starting pitching on each side. Ravens ace and Florida International signee Franco Aleman struck out six in seven shutout innings, while allowing just four hits. Vero Beach senior Hunter Cooley, a Florida Atlantic signee matched him with eight innings of shutout baseball, with just two hits and seven strikeouts. Neither factored in the decision. Instead, a bases loaded passed ball sealed the end for the Ravens in the 11th innings.

Alo 000 000 000 00 — | 0 | 2 | 1
VB 000 000 000 01 — | 1 | 4 | 1

Records – A 14-14; VB 25-2.

Class 8A-Region 1 

Wharton 8, Ocala Forest 1

Wharton scored five times in the first innings as Leo Alfonzo and Steven Hotinski both had RBI singles in the frame. Alfonzo added another RBI single an inning later, Duncan Pastore providing a big lift at the plate going 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, while scoring three times in the Wildcats win. Junior lefty Brian Baughman worked six innings on the mound, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight, while also scoring twice on offense. The Wildcats will travel to Strawberry Crest next Tuesday in a rematch of last week's district final.

W 510 010 1 — | 8 | 9 | 1
F 001 000 0 — | 1 | 3 | 2

W – Baughamen (0-0). 2B – Baughman, Pastore, Hotinski (W). HR – Pastore (W). Records – W 17-8; F 18-8.

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Strawberry Crest 6, Gainesville Buchholz 4
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Records – B 21-8; SC 17-8.

Class 8A-Region 2 

Sickles 10, Riverview 0 (five innings)
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R 000 00x x — | 0 | 2 | 2
S 004 24x x — | 10 | 6 | 2

W – Eskew. L – Correa. 2B – Alvarez (S). HR – Eskew (S). Records – R 15-11; S 22-4.

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Plant 3, Bloomingdale 1 (nine innings)
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P 001 000 002 — | 3 | 6 | 1
B 000 100 000 — | 1 | 4 | 0

W – Oshinski. L – Caba. 2B – Wilken (B). Records – P 22-5; B 18-8.


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Class 7A-Region 2
Winter Haven 2, Gaither 0
Javier Deyan was superb on the mound for the Cowboys allowing just two unearned runs, but the offensive support didn't come as Winter Haven starting pitcher Benjamin Adams and two other pitchers held Gaither to just three hits. The Blue Devils scratched out a pair of runs in the fifth - an inning that started with an error, and Winter Haven held on from there.

Gait 000 000 0 — | 0 | 3 | 1
WH 000 020 x — | 2 | 1 | 0

Records – G 14-10; WH 22-6.

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Leto 4. Lake Gibson 2
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LG   001 010 0 — | 2 | 6 | 2
Leto 031 000 0 — | 4 | 6 | 1

W – C. Suarez (10-0). L – Xxxxx (0-0). S – Ryley (1). 2B – Roman 2 (LG); Alvord (L). 3B – Muniz, Carrero (L). Records – LG 10-16; L 22-4.

Class 7A-Region 3 

Mitchell 3, Brandon 1

Brandon took an early lead on Mitchell as Kamren Gittens singled in the game's first run, but from there Mustangs senior Jake Mattos held the Eagles off the board, scattering eight hits and striking out five. Wildiomar Roman-Moralesdid the pitching for the Eagles and took the loss as the Mustangs responded in the second with two runs keyed by an RBI ground ball double to left from Kyle Murphy, and added some insurance the next inning as Mattos helped his cause also with an RBI single to left. Gittens and Marcus Lawrence each collected two hits for Brandon, while Cody Wagner had a double in the loss. Jordan Garcia and Mike Risener each picked up a hit and scored in the win for Mitchell, which travels to face Braden River (winners 2-1 over Osceola on Tuesday).

B 010 000 0 — | 1 | 8 | 0
M 021 000 x — | 3 | 7 | 0

W – Mattos. L – Roman-Morales. 2B – Wagner (B); Murphy (M). Records – B 11-14; M 22-6.

Class 6A-Region 2 

Jefferson 5, Land O'Lakes 4

Jefferson senior AJ Mathis hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to lead Jefferson to a region quarterfinal win on the road over Land O'Lakes. The speedy FSU signee, hit a two-strike liner over the centerfield wall, and fellow senior and FSU signee Robby Martin closed the door with a two-strikeout ninth inning to pick up the save. Mike Dominguez earned the win on the mound for the Dragons striking out eight and allowing four runs in six innings of work. Sal Vega also came through with a two-run, long ball over the fence to key a big inning for Jefferson in the fourth. Jefferson will travel to Jesuit next week for the region semifinals in a rematch of last weeks district final.

Jeff   000 300 2 — | 5 | 5 | 0
LOL 021 010 0 — | 4 | 4 | 2

W – Dominguez. L – Ricardo. S – Martin. 2B – Frasca (LOL). HR – Mathis, Vega (J). Records – J 18-8; LOL 21-7.

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Jesuit 5, River Ridge 0

Senior pitchers Jack Anderson and Will Swantek combined to hold River Ridge off the scoreboard as the Tigers cruised to a 5-0 region quarterfinal win. Anderson got the start and the win, while allowing just five hits and striking out a dozen, before turning things over to Swantek in the sixth. The win on the mound capped a highly successful run against River Ridge for the FSU signee who has faced the Royal Knights in region play the past three seasons, while tossing 17 1/3 scoreless innings (per Jesuit High records). Swantek struck out three and allowed just one hit en route to his fifth save of the season. The Tigers got what it needed on offense from an RBI Joel Brewer single in the third, but Javi  Baldor would add some insurance the next inning scoring on an error, and even more as he had a two-run double in the fifth. Bennett Lee also had an RBI single in the win. Jesuit will have to tangle with Jefferson for the fourth time this season in next week's region semifinal at home.

RR 000 000 0 — | 0 | 6 | 1
Jes 001 130 x — | 5 | 8 | 0

W – Anderson (5-2). L – Chiger. S – Swantek (5). 2B – Baldor, Lee (J). Records – RR 12-12; J 19-9.

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