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Saladino tournament roundup

SATURDAY'S GAMES

By Times staff writers
Published March 20, 2005


AT UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

TAMPA - Riverview overcame a shaky start to turn back Wharton 7-4 in opening-day action.

Wharton was up 3-1 behind starter Drew Scheerhorn's four strong innings, but walks and errors led to Riverview opportunities. "The bottom line was we just couldn't stop giving up walks and committing costly errors," Wildcats coach Scott Hoffman said.

Wharton's Carlos Armstrong continued his heavy hitting with a triple, but in the end it was the Sharks' four-run fifth inning that gave them the game.

- TIMES STAFF

AT MIDDLETON

TAMPA - Robinson, Freedom and Plant won opening-round games.

Robinson turned back Chamberlain 4-3, Freedom edged Bloomingdale 4-3, and Plant beat Tampa Bay Tech 6-1.

Robinson reliever Steven Evarts got the win after Chamberlain (1-6) had tied the score in the sixth. Down 3-1, the Chiefs rallied but an interference call on a runner trying to break up a double play killed the rally and left the score tied as Robinson came to bat. Knights pinch-hitter Robert Delfs walked, advanced on a passed ball, stole third and came home on the overthrow. Evarts, who also had two hits, then set Chamberlain down in the seventh for the win.

"Our defense won this game for us," Robinson coach Sal Urso said. "Bradley Roberts especially at second came up big for us."

Robinson (4-2) had three hits to Chamberlain's 11.

All of the scoring in the Bloomingdale game took place in the first two innings. The Bulls (4-5) opened scoring by notching three runs in the first, taking advantage of two Patriots' errors sandwiched between a lead-off triple by Michael Green and a two-run double by Brett Morris.

Then Freedom pitcher Justin Abrams settled down and shut out the Bulls the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Freedom (4-3) took advantage of Bloomingdale miscues to score four unearned runs, enough for the margin of victory.

Freedom's Kevin Nagel had a decisive three-run double in the second that proved to be the margin of victory.

Plant had little trouble beating Tampa Bay Tech. Plant (7-1) scored three runs in the second inning on doubles by Bobby Munoz and Matt Rodriguez, and singles by Ryan McCurdy and Chriss Kuzdale. Ryan Boggs, Caleb Fuddy and Preston Tucker shared pitching duties for the Panthers. Tampa Bay Tech (1-6) lost an opportunity in the second when three straight batters singled but none scored as Boggs retired the next three.

- JIM REESE, Times correspondent

AT BRANDON

BRANDON - Plant City players struck out fifteen times, a tournament record, as Alonso shut out the Raiders 3-0.

The Ravens used three pitchers. Chris Whelan led the trio with eight strikeouts in three innings and Tommy Toledo had four strikeouts in the win.

"Neither of them have pitched in over a week so we wanted to bring them back slow," Ravens coach Landy Faedo said. "We have a great staff of pitchers."

Plant City's error in the third inning allowed Chris Harley to drive in Dave DelGuerico for a 1-0 Alonso lead. The Ravens loaded the bases in the sixth, which allowed D.J. Fuentes to drive in a run and another walked in to give Alonso a 3-0 lead. Chris Freshcorn sealed the win with three strikeouts.

Brandon followed Alonso's lead and dominated on the mound as the Eagles shut out Blake 10-0 in five innings. Hanani Kekuewa struck out eight and allowed only one hit in his second win. Brandon's offense exploded in the second inning, when the Eagles put up eight runs. Brandon loaded the bases when Ryan See drove in two runs on a single for a 4-0 lead. Brandon had four more RBIs in the inning to lead by nine. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Robby Woodke closed it out with an RBI single.

"The second inning was great for us," Brandon coach Matt Stallbaumer said. "I was very proud of how we were able to get four hits with two outs in the inning."

In the early game of the day, King had a four-run fifth inning to get a 6-4 win over Sickles. King's Michael Wilson was balked in for the winning run. Carnes got the win for the Lions, only allowing one hit.

- DAN GENOVESE, Times correspondent

AT GAITHER

TAMPA - Jefferson pummeled East Bay 13-0 in a mercy-rule shortened, 41/2-inning game.

The Dragons (7-2) put on an offensive display with nine hits, including three doubles and a home run. They took a 4-0 lead after the first inning and came through big with a six-run third inning that saw senior Josh Collazo hit a two-run home run and Peter Millan hit a double that scored two. The Indians (1-5) helped Jefferson in the field with six errors. Sophomore Joey Delgado (1-2) got the win, pitching four innings. He struck out three and gave up one hit without a walk.

In the late game, Gaither took care of Newsome 4-2. Senior Braulio Pardo led the Cowboys with three RBIs and a pair of doubles. After 51/2 innings, Gaither led 4-1 but the Wolves threatened in the seventh with the tying run on first base. But Gaither reliever Stephen Daneman shut Newsome down to pick up his first save of the season.

Junior Wes Kelly (1-0) worked four innings to pick up his first win of the year. He gave up one run on one hit while striking out five and giving up one walk.

The Wolves scored their first run in the third inning when Stephen Branca scored on a wild pitch. They scored again in the seventh on an RBI base hit by senior Ryan Carnley.

- THOMAS SIMONETTI, Times correspondent

AT JESUIT

TAMPA - Jesuit came within one disastrous inning of going 2-0 on opening day of the Tony Saladino Tournanment.

The trouble came in the first game, an 8-7 loss to Armwood in which the Tigers held a 7-3 lead before the Hawks came to the plate in theseventh. That's when Jesuit relief pitchers walked two and hit another batter, then followed by walking in the first run of the inning. Armwood's Jared Simon then smacked a three-run triple to deep centerfield.

The next hitter, Scott Spencer, hit a slow, rolling grounder that was enough to get the winning run across the plate. Before the final inning, Jesuit dominated with 11 hits and Sam Dyson held the Hawks to just three runs on five hits.

In the nightcap, the Tigers (7-2) bounced back with 12-0 five-inning, mercy-rule victory over Leto in which Jeff Younger threw a no-hitter. A Tigers error in the fourth inning wiped out what would have been a perfect game for Younger.

Ryan Lockwood and Dyson each hit home runs in the Leto victory and Dyson hit another in the opener against Armwood.

- TIMES STAFF