Seminole's Searage fires a no-hitter
Senior records a career-high nine strikeouts in victory.
By DOUG KATES
Published March 29, 2006
SEMINOLE - When Robbie Searage lost a no-hitter in the sixth inning of game last year, he vowed someday to redeem himself by completing a no-hitter - whether it be in high school, college or beyond.
Turns out, he had to wait just one year.
In first-round action in the 19th annual Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament, Searage tossed a no-hitter with a career-high nine strikeouts as Seminole blanked Northside Christian 9-0 on Tuesday. The senior faced only 22 batters. Ryan McDonald reached on a walk in the second inning - the only blemish against a perfect game.
"I do remember the walk," Searage said. "It was my fault - bad location. I was just getting warmed up. As I went on, I started to get more pitches, more reps and I started to get in rhythm."
The Warhawks defense caught three flyballs in the outfield, four pop-ups in the infield and turned five grounders into routine plays. Not only was the defense great, but the coaching staff made eight substitutions in the final two innings and no defender committed an error.
"Without the defense, there's no way I would have had the no-hitter," Searage said. "They made routine plays on flyballs and groundballs." Seven Warhawks (12-6) had hits. Shaun Starnes had two, with a pair of singles. The Mustangs fell to 8-8 for the season.
In the first game, Pendleton scored six unearned runs en route to a 7-1 victory over Boca Ciega.
With the score tied at 1, the Panthers sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning. Three reached on walks and batters reached on infield errors. There were two wild pitches and one errant pickoff throw along the way.
Pendleton led 6-1 entering the sixth inning. A walk, a wild pitch and an infield error led to a seventh run.
Panthers coach Chris Moore said he has trained his players to be aggressive in hopes the extra effort will force opposing teams to make mistakes. But even Moore had to admit that scoring six runs without a hit was more than he could expect.
"Stealing and taking extra bases tends to lead us to score more runs with less hits," Moore said. "(Tuesday) was a little bit exceptional, but it's something we do probably more than a lot of other teams. We try to force other teams to make plays. Luckily for us, (Boca Ciega) didn't make plays."
Pendleton (13-3) had only two hits, singles by Tyler Pastornicky and Joe Dabah. Paulo Espino was the winning pitcher, getting a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Boca Ciega (10-5) had three singles by Sean Rousseau, Logan Poff and Scott Ruffner.
In Thursday's semis, Pendleton faces East Lake and Seminole takes on Dixie Hollins. Lakewood plays Sarasota Catholic and Boca Ciega meets Northside Christian in today's loser's bracket games.