Tuesday's baseball roundup
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
by Matt Porter
The next time Benjamin and King's Academy meet, they probably should not make firm post-game plans.
In an afternoon game that lasted more than three hours, King's senior Myles Basore knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the unranked Lions a 6-5 upset of the fifth-ranked Buccaneers.
King's (11-8, 5-1 District 12-3A) moved into a first-place tie with Benjamin (14-5, 3-1), which still has two district games left.
The teams, the strongest in their four-team district, could very well meet in the district final.
"We never felt like we couldn't win the game," King's coach Doug Magaw said. "Even down four-nothing."
Benjamin went up 4-0 on hard-throwing King's starter Matt Pisciottano.
He gave up a second-inning RBI double to Brian Dolan and three more runs in the third on an error and RBI singles by D.J. Paone and Christian Berger.
King's John Monte homered in the fourth and the Lions tied it in the fifth. Benjamin starter Matt Harris hit a batter, then gave up a single to Nick Bates and walked Joe Gomez.
Senior Kevin Stypulkowski, a Florida signee who entered the game batting a team-high .423, then smashed a three-run triple to right.
Freshman left-hander Matt Tucker gave up a sacrifice fly to Chad Swift, but allowed little else in four innings. Senior Troy Snyder (4-2) pitched four scoreless innings for the win. Benjamin left eight runners on base in the final four innings.
"We had an approach at Pisciottano," said Benjamin coach Brian Kaplan, whose team also committed six errors. "Our approach just went out the window."
NO 2 PALM BEACH CENTRAL 6, WELLINGTON 3
Jorge Alfonzo allowed one run and struck out four in five innings to lead the Broncos past the Wolverines (6-13) in Wellington. James Lovett had four hits, including a double, for Wellington.
NO. 3 PARK VISTA 6, SEMINOLE RIDGE 5
Shane Bussey pitched two innings of shutout relief and hit a walk-off single to help the Cobras (15-4) squeeze by the Hawks in Boynton Beach. Matt Peciello contributed two hits and an RBI for Park Vista.
NO. 6 PALM BEACH GARDENS 7, JENSEN BEACH 3
Pavin Smith had two doubles and an RBI and J.J. Schwarz added two hits, including a double, two RBI and a run scored as the Gators (14-6) defeated the Falcons (13-5) in Palm Beach Gardens. Nick Oberg had two RBI for Palm Beach Gardens.
NO. 8 AMERICN HERITAGE 6, POPE JOHN PAUL II 1
Jonathan India had three hits, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Stallions (14-6) past the Eagles in Boca Raton.
WEST BOCA RATON 4, LANE TECH (ILL.) 1
Erik Grau, Ryan Owens and Michael Barash, Kobe Pepia each had two hits and Michael Mule added a two-run triple to lead the Bulls (11-7) past the Indians in Boca Raton. Matt Warren pitched five innings with 10 strikeouts for West Boca Raton.
SPANISH RIVER 12, CARDINAL NEWMAN 6
Mark Jahrsdoerfer hit a two-run double and Emerson Dresser added a three-run triple to help the Sharks (9-9) rally past the Crusaders in Boca Raton. Robbie Hoyt hit a three-run double for Cardinal Newman.
GLADES DAY 5, JUPITER CHRISTIAN 3
Colton Coates had two hits and three RBI and John Barr had nine strikeouts and a double as the Gators (5-8) beat the Eagles (8-9) in Belle Glade.
BOYNTON BEACH 4, PALM BEACH LAKES 1
Abrailis Jiminez struck out eight and Kyle Tedesco had two RBI as the Tigers (5-13) toppled the Rams in Boynton Beach.
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 10, LAKE WORTH 0 (5)
Efren Sanchez had three hits and three RBI and Tyler Dupont added two hits, including a triple, and an RBI as the Saints (13-6) routed the Trojans in West Palm Beach on Monday.
SOUTH FORK 8, FORT PIERCE CENTRAL 4
Andrew Calderone had three hits, including a triple, to lead the Bulldogs (10-9) past the Cobras in Fort Pierce. Pete Crocitto and Wyatt Mills each had two hits and two RBI for South Fork.
DAVE SMITH GAME TONIGHT
Atlantic and Treasure Coast will play the third annual Dave Smith Memorial Game at 7 tonight at Miller Park in Delray Beach. The game is played in memory of former Atlantic coach Dave Smith, who won 332 games in 19 years at the school. He died in 2009. His son, Kyle, is Treasure Coast's coach.