Cambridge eliminated in 2A state semifinals
FORT MYERS -
In a matchup of coveted pitching prospects, Cambridge Christian just could not figure out Westwood Christian senior pitcher Danny Garcia on Wednesday in the Class 2A state semifinals.
Garcia, a University of Miami signee who is likely to be selected in June’s major-league draft, outdueled Cambridge senior Nick Eicholtz to lead Westwood Christian to a 4-0 victory.
The loss ends the Lancers’ season and means Westwood Christian will take on Deltona Trinity Christian tonight at 7:35 in the 2A championship game at JetBlue Park.
“Offensively, we just couldn’t get it going today,” Cambridge coach Sam Marsonek said. “(Garcia) did a good job of staying aggressive and going right at our guys. We just couldn’t make any adjustments.”
Garcia faced just 23 batters in throwing a complete-game shutout and striking out 12 batters. He allowed four hits and did not allow a Lancers runner past second base.
Eicholtz, who has signed with Alabama, allowed three hits in five innings but hit three batters and walked two while striking out eight.
All four of Westwood Christian’s runs were unearned, as the Lancers made four errors in the field.
“I guess it just wasn’t our day,” Eicholtz said. “I got in a bunch of situations that I shouldn’t have been in by hitting people. I should have been more aggressive in the strike zone. I battled out there, but there were just too many people on base.”
The Warriors (16-7) scored two runs in the first inning on one hit because of two Lancers errors. Westwood Christian added another run in the third inning on a wild pitch and its final run in the fifth came on a passed ball.
Westwood Christian stole nine bases in the game.
Zach Hessinger was the lone Lancer who had any success against Garcia. He was 3-for-3 with two doubles.
“Overall, the kids continued to fight until the end,” Marsonek said. “They did a good job of staying composed and battling through adverse situations.
“Looking back all the way to January, I think the kids have done a good job, especially with our limited numbers. … The kids have worked hard all season and come a long way. I’m proud of their efforts, for sure.”
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