Baseball: Jesuit keeps the hits coming

By Rod Gipson, Times Correspondent
Published February 23, 2008

TAMPA - Behind Greg Dupell's third home run of the season and pitcher Greg Holsen's complete-game three-hitter, Jesuit topped Middleton 6-3 Friday night.

Jesuit (4-0) had all facets of its game on display. The Tigers had plenty of offense, pounding out eight hits, including three doubles and two home runs. Jesuit's defense was solid, led by shortstop Nick Lockwood, who made several solid plays in the field.

And Holsen was in control as well, striking out eight en route to his second win of the year.

Jesuit, which trailed 1-0 after the first inning, tied the score in the second when Joey Spack's sacrifice fly scored Joe Hudson. Jesuit added at least one run in each inning over the next four frames.

Jesuit's big hits came in the fifth when Greg Dupell blasted a two-run home run to centerfield and in the sixth when Drew Martinez's home run completed the Tigers' scoring.

Hudson reached base four times for Jesuit, scoring twice while Martinez added a single and double to go with his homer.

Third baseman Jamie Mallard led Middleton (2-2), knocking in the first run of the game with a double to left-centerfield that scored Aaron Fludd. Mallard followed with a deep shot that sailed over the rightfield wall in the sixth for a two-run home run.

Panthers solve hitting woes, down Terriers

TAMPA - Plant entered Friday's district showdown with Hillsborough "not hitting the ball the way we're capable," coach Dennis Braun said.

"We've been seeing a lot of breaking pitches and slow stuff," he said. "At this level, the kids can have trouble staying back and that had been the case."

Not so Friday.

The Panthers turned the matchup of previously unbeatens into extended batting practice as Plant pounded out 15 hits en route to a five-inning 12-2 win over the visiting Terriers (3-1).

"We've got a lot of good hitters on this team, and sometimes it just takes a lit match to ignite things," Braun said. "This was big because I don't think we've beaten Hillsborough (at home) in something like six years."

Plant (4-0), which beat Robinson and Jefferson 6-3 and 3-0, respectively, the previous two games, got three hits each from Jarrod Womack and Preston Tucker.

Plant closed out the game in the bottom of the fifth after loading the bases with no outs. Justin Salas then crushed a ball deep into the rightfield corner that Jay Laurienzo couldn't handle as he ran into the wall. All three scored; Salas ended up on third with a triple before scoring on a Mike Givens (2-for-4) single. Givens moved to second on a fielder's choice before scoring the final run on a Tucker single.

David Bergin struck out five and gave up six hits to pick up the win while teammate Michael Lashbrook finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run. Hillsborough's runs came on a Dylan Esche two-run homer in the second.

Brandon Wright, Times correspondent