Jefferson wins thriller over Jesuit, 2-1 in extra innings
|Jefferson starting pitcher Mike Dominguez earned the win on the mound working seven innings and striking out seven.|
TAMPA – The breaks can be on your side or against you, and despite two absolute warriors going at it on the mound, someone had to win and someone had to fall in Tuesday’s Class 6A region semifinal at Jesuit as the Tigers hosted district foe Jefferson.
|Jesuit senior Jack Anderson worked seven innings allowing one|
unearned run and struck out eight in a no-decision.
And with a few breaks the right way, Jefferson evened the season series against the Tigers in the biggest fashion with a 2-1, eighth inning win and advance to next Tuesday’s Class 6A region final.
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Dominguez battled out of trouble a few times in the win, none bigger than the seventh inning as he struck out three, while stranding two runners aboard in his final inning of work.
“I tried to attack the runners in that inning,” Dominguez said. “They were the home team obviously and they got those two hits, so I just had to dig deep and get that big strikeout.”
|A tough call on a bang-bang play as Jesuit was held to just one|
run in the second, with two outs coming at the plate in the
From there, senior Robby Martin closed things out bottom half, earning the save by working around a hit-by-pitch with a strikeout, a getting a fielder’s choice and a pop out to end the game.
“It was crazy to come in with a one-run lead and against a team like that, a one run lead is never safe,” Martin said. “…To be able to secure that win is crazy and this was a great one for our team.”
|Jefferson senior Robby Martin closed the door on the game working|
a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the save for the Dragons.
“The team gave (the game ball) to me as a memento of this one,” Scaglione said. “It means a lot, being here for 20 years, I have a lot of game balls, but this one means something special.”
Dominguez, a University of Tampa verbal commit, spoke about Anderson’s toughness after the win.
“Jack Anderson is a great pitcher and on top of that a great person,” Dominguez said. “He battles every game he pitches, so this was exactly the game I expected.”
The win moves Jefferson on to the region final for the first time since 2007 and the Dragons will face the winner between Springstead and Dunnellon, which will be played on Wednesday after being rained out on Tuesday.
Jefferson 2, Jesuit 1 (eight innings)
Jef 010 000 01 — | 2 | 6 | 0
Jes 010 000 00 — | 1 | 7 | 3
W – Dominguez. L – Swantek. S – Martin. 2B – Politz (Jes). Records – Jef 19-8; Jes 19-10.