Baseball: Green Devils use strong start to stymie Ravens

By Chris Girandola, Times Correspondent
Published February 23, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg pulled off a surprising 5-3 win over Alonso in an early Class 6A-7 contest Friday.

The Green Devils received a masterful performance from starting pitcher Jacob Barnes as the senior right-hander tossed 62/3 innings in front of eight professional scouts to pick up his first win of the season.

"The key was to get off to a good start and, once we did that, Jacob was able to pitch the way he did," St. Petersburg coach Stefan Futch said.

The Green Devils (2-2) manufactured two runs in the first inning off starter Ray Delphey that allowed Barnes to attack hitters and keep the Ravens lineup at bay. With Barnes pitching shutout ball, the Green Devils tacked on runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to give the righty a 5-0 cushion.

"The scouts were here to see both pitchers but they could have been here to see the entire Alonso team," Futch said. "They're that good."

Alonso (4-1), which has most of its starters back from a team that reached the region finals last year, failed to muster any offense until the seventh when Barnes began to tire.

After a flyout, Barnes walked two, then forced Delphey, a USF signee, into a flyout to left. After a walk to cleanup hitter Alex Panteliodis, a Florida signee, Futch relieved Barnes for J.C. Fortunato.

Fortunato promptly allowed a two-run double, walk and run-scoring single before finishing the Ravens' rally with a groundout to end the game.

Barnes did not allow a walk and had five strikeouts. Delphey allowed five runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks over five innings.

St. Petersburg 5 Alonso 3