St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

No energy boost needed

There are no weary bats in Alonso and Robinson's matchup, with the Ravens eking out an 11-9 win.

By SCOTT PURKS, Times Staff Writer
Published April 2, 2006

TAMPA - Alonso visited Robinson on Saturday, which made for a bit of a tough afternoon considering both teams finished playing games almost less than 12 hours earlier.

Alonso was probably feeling a little better, however, because the Ravens beat East Bay 6-1 Friday night. Robinson, meantime, had to battle through the hangover of losing 5-4 at Hillsborough, which scored two runs in its final at-bat.

"Yes, that was tough," Robinson coach Sal Urso said, "But I'm proud of the way we came back (Saturday). We swung the bats and played hard."

The Knights (13-6) also used everybody, including six pitchers, because it was senior day and the battle wasn't over a district game. Alonso (10-6) followed similar suit, clearing its bench and using four pitchers.

In the end, the Ravens took the victory 11-9, but not until snuffing a final-inning threat by Robinson, which stranded men on second and third before the final hitter grounded out.

"Even though we lost I feel good about the way we bounced back (from Friday)," Urso said. "I think we're in fine mental shape."

Same goes for Alonso, which started the season 7-1 before losing five of the next six, including four by one run.

"I told my guys before the season that if you win your one-run games then you'll have a great season," coach Landy Faedo said. "We're still having a good season, but those one-run losses do hurt. Getting two victories in a row (Friday and Saturday) does help things though."

Grant Gajdosz helped ignite Alonso with a three-run homer that led to a five-run third inning.

Robinson took the lead 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, but Alonso answered in its next at-bat with five more runs, giving the Ravens a lead they never gave up.

"It was a great day to get a lot of players a chance to play," Faedo said. "Now we can focus on getting ready for districts."

[Last modified April 2, 2006, 01:25:16]


  • It will come down to defense for Gators

  • Colleges
  • Opposite Pasts. Similar Presents.
  • By George, Gators roll
  • Bruin never wavered with goal
  • Bruins rekindle past glory
  • Sendek can't resist Arizona State's offer
  • Donovan won't relax quite yet
  • Humphrey comes up big for UF
  • ACC vaults into prominence
  • Maryland coach has wedding ties to bay area
  • SEC shows doubts were bit premature

  • Golf
  • BellSouth is Mickelson's to win
  • Ochoa closes in on first major championship
  • Faldo still waiting for time to heal one major wound
  • Faldo still waiting for time to heal one major wound
  • It has been two decades since Jack Nicklaus' march to Masters victory with a very unique putter

  • Grand Prix 2006
  • Carpenter 'thankful' to be here
  • Details drive Dario to pole
  • Steely self-belief steers drivers through danger
  • Faceoff
  • IROC shows interest in city race, but logistics difficult
  • New face of IndyCar promotion familiar, just without rock-star makeup
  • Starting grid
  • New way to catch their drift
  • Simmons close to ride with Rahal Letterman
  • While passing through, Matos wins in Pro Series

  • More sports
  • Kickin' back: Kournikova's having a (tennis) ball
  • Barbaro headed to Kentucky
  • Brazilian wins Invitational
  • Samuels, Storm remain in thick of playoff race
  • Kuznetsova back in championship form
  • Ljubicic's a bit of a late bloomer
  • Area women win local road races

  • Motorsports
  • History on Hamlin's side at Martinsville

  • NBA
  • James 47, Wade 44: Cavs outduel Heat

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Mackerel action hot at area piers

  • Preps
  • No energy boost needed
  • Price is just right for Armwood
  • Warhawks tested, but still triumph

  • Rays/MLB
  • Beasts of the East

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • A man with a multitrack mind

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Burnett feels fine in return

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Career minor-leaguers earn bullpen spots

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Facelift burden shifts to diamond

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Rays play it safe, put Baldelli on DL

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Frank Howard: Still making a big impression

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • 2006 predictions

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Organizational changes

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Q&A With Stuart Sternberg

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • What they're saying

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Welcome (really) to the new Trop

  • Rays/MLB Rays

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Assistant GM gone, but love remains

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Kickin' back with Josh Paul

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • The Rays' coaching staff

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • The eyes have it

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • The Rays' new manager

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • AL Central outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • AL East outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • AL West outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Analysts clash on Jays' outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Ten hot dates

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • NL Central outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • NL East outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • NL West outlook

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • As Joe Maddon sees it ...

  • Rays/MLB Rays
  • Rays on the farm

  • Bucs/NFL Bucs
  • Simms' backup no longer lurks

  • Lightning/NHL Lightning
  • Schedule spawns tight races

  • Lightning/NHL Lightning
  • Tampa Bay tumbles to eighth

  • Lightning/NHL Lightning
  • Injured Boyle, Modin making strides

  • Lightning/NHL Lightning

    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111