Baseball: Green Eagles emerge victors

By Brandon Wright, Times Correspondent
Published March 1, 2008

SEFFNER - Brandon coach Matt Stallbaumer knows there will be trying times when he fills out his lineup card featuring seven sophomores. Sometimes there will be missed signs, runners left in scoring position and botched bunts.

"Those kind of things will happen when you're this young," he said.

Then there will also be nights like Friday.

Sophomore James Ramsay drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and picked up the win in relief as Brandon defeated Armwood 4-3 in extra innings.

"As a coach, I saw tons of things we didn't do well," Stallbaumer said. "But it's a great message when you can overcome those things and still come out of it with a 'W.' "

Sophomore Roderick Shoulders (3-for-5) blasted a homer in the fourth to get the Eagles (5-2) on the board, and fellow classmate Eric Arce (2-for-3) followed with an RBI single later that inning. Shoulders then singled in Ramsay (2-for-5) in the fifth to put Brandon ahead 3-0.

"You can see (Shoulders') power is to those gaps," Stallbaumer said. "When he lets the ball get deep on him he can do some things."

Armwood (4-2) pulled even in the bottom of the inning, with Petey Smith's two-run single being the big blow. After Ramsay's RBI single to leftfield in the eighth, the righty, who got the final two outs in the seventh, fanned the side to preserve the victory.

"I knew coach would call on me (to pitch) in that situation," Ramsay said. "Once I got the hit (in the eighth), I felt great and I knew everything would work out from there."

Chiefs find stride after a shaky first inning

TAMPA - Despite giving up a home run on the game's first pitch to Jefferson's Ronald Cabrera, Chamberlain battled back to defeat Jefferson 6-3 Friday.

Following the leadoff homer, Chamberlain starter Austin Black settled in and struck out the next two Dragons.

"After the home run I came back all right, then adrenaline kicked in and I felt better as the game went on," Black said.

While battling the flu, Black managed to pitch a complete game, giving up three runs and striking out six. Black (3-0) scattered seven hits and worked out of multiple jams with men on base.

The Chiefs (4-3) managed only four hits, but were patient and drew nine walks. Mike Granda paced the team offensively going 2-for-4 and driving in the go-ahead runs on a two-RBI single in the fourth. Sean Prieto also smacked a double and scored a run for the Chiefs.

Ryan Montes pitched well for Jefferson (1-5), giving up two earned runs and striking out seven over five innings. Cameron Bohannon struck out two while pitching a scoreless sixth inning.

Jefferson had base runners in every inning and stole seven bases, but struggled to capitalize. Raphael Durant was 3-for-3 and scored a run for the Dragons.

Sean Fitzgerald, Times correspondent