Baseball: No. 3 Palm Beach Central beats Atlantic 3-0 in eight innings in opener
Monday, February 11, 2013
by Post Staff
Santaluces High's clover-shaped baseball complex was hardball heaven Monday night, with four simultaneous games involving eight of the county's strongest teams at the D-1 Sporting Goods Slam.
Atlantic, coming off its first state tournament appearance since 1988, held third-ranked Palm Beach Central scoreless through seven innings.
But thanks to senior Joe Shue's three-run double, an Atlantic error and some aggressive baserunning by junior Shane Sawczak (2-for-3, two steals) in the eighth, Central picked up a 5-0 extra-inning win.
Atlantic right-hander Cody Bryant and Central lefty John Padich matched each other until Central got to the Eagles' bullpen. John Padich struck out eight and allowed four hits in six scoreless innings. Bryant went five shutout innings, striking out six. Broncos senior Jorge Alfonso closed with two scoreless innings.
"The positive was the pitching," Broncos coach Scott Benedict said.
In a high-powered matchup, No. 4 Jupiter beat No. 5 American Heritage 5-3. The Warriors scratched out three runs off Palm Beach State-bound Stallions senior Anthony Delaney. In the fifth, senior John McCarthy blasted a two-run homer off reliever Zach Schneider.
Jupiter senior Scott Danek got the win, allowing five hits in four innings. Delaney allowed three hits and four walks. He needed just 24 pitches to get through through two innings, but threw 64 in his next two.
In another tight game, King's Academy defeated Santaluces 2-1 with a seventh-inning rally. Lions senior John Monte doubled in a run, and James Vaughn followed with a go-ahead RBI single. Monte got the win, allowing one run and four hits in six innings.
"You can't ask for more of a pitching effort," Lions coach Doug Magaw said. "Our bats," he conceded, "looked like it was the first game of the season."
Santaluces could say the same. Starter Cody Wager allowed two hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings.
Then there was the night's wildest game, in which Trinity Christian overcame two Summit Christian leads and won 8-7.
The Warriors came back from deficits of 5-0 and 7-5, with sophomore Bruce Martin's three-run homer putting them ahead 8-7.
"We know we can swing the bat," Trinity coach Miguel Cuello said.
The Saints couldn't hold on despite an 11-hit attack.
"We made mistakes," Summit coach John Drouin said. "That's OK. We got a good team."
Jupiter 5, No. 5 American Heritage 3: Johnny McCarthy hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning as the Warriors (1-0) beat the Stallions (0-1) in Jupiter. Scott Danek pitched four innings for the win.
Jupiter Christian 4, Boynton Beach 1: Kyle Catedesco had seven strikeouts in five innings and added an RBI, but the Tigers (0-1) fell to the Eagles in Boynton Beach.
Boca Raton Christian 6, Oxbridge Academy 4: R.J. Walsh pitched six innings for the win as the Blazers (1-0) beat the Thunderwolves (0-1) in West Palm Beach. Tommy Varacchi had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
St. Andrew's 10, Sheridan Hills Christian 0 (5): Nick Chiappetta had nine strikeouts in four no-hit innings and drove in a run as the Scots (1-0) routed the Sharks (0-1) in Boca Raton. Bryant Koshi hit a triple in the win.
Trinity Christian 8, Summit Christian 7: Bruce Martin went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Warriors (1-0) edged the Saints in Lake Worth.
Glades Day 9, Clewiston 0: Montana Mills pitched a no-hitter to lead the Gators (1-0) past the Tigers (1-2) in Clewiston.