BROOKSVILLE — Two well-pitched games dominated Tuesday’s opening round of the Pasco-Hernando Farm Bureau Insurance Baseball Classic at Hernando’s Emerson Field
In the opener, postponed by torrential showers on Monday, Land O’ Lakes junior right-hander Tommy Guglielmello may have earned a new nickname, “Tommy Gun.”
In his varsity debut on the mound, the 6-foot-2 Guglielmello handcuffed a Nature Coast Technical lineup minus three starters (Jeff Misener, Chris Lake and Jarred Burns for undisclosed reasons) to four singles across seven innings for a complete-game 5-0 shutout.
Guglielmello (1-0) faced 26 batters, permitting four singles and two walks against eight strikeouts. Land O’ Lakes (7-5), which arrived having lost three straight and four of five, rapped 10 hits off NCT’s Matt Tormey (0-3).
Juniors Connor Stephens, Ben Moultrie and Dylan Leonard paced the Gators with two hits apiece.
Senior DH Liam Heaney drove in three runs including two with a two-run single to left in the fifth.
In the first inning, Heaney drove in Stephens on a fielder’s choice before freshman Max Law clubbed an RBI double to right-center, 2-0.
LOL padded the lead when Moultrie singled with two outs in the fourth and scored moments later on a ringing RBI double to right-center, 3-0.
In the nightcap, Hernando senior southpaw David Flowers (4-1) spun a three-hit shutout against Fivay (7-6), 7-0.
Flowers scattered three singles and one walk against seven Ks. Defensively, he picked-off two Falcon runners off first base while catcher Austin Treverton picked off another.
Hernando (12-1) lashed a game-high six hits as juniors Tyler Bammert and Justin Young each cracked two safeties.
Ahead 3-0, Young helped turn out the lights on the Falcons with his first homer of the season — depositing an 0-2 pitch for a grand slam with one out in the fifth.
Cala’s walkoff hit lifts Sunlake to win
LAND O’ LAKES — Sunlake took advantage of Wesley Chapel’s inexperienced pitching and took a 6-5 win on Omar Cala’s walkoff single.
The Seahawks (8-3) held a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh after senior starter David Castillo (3-2) lasted 5ß innings and struck out four.
Alex Anderson, who had an RBI single, came on in relief and the Wildcats (7-5) scored three runs after loading the bases with one out. Wesley Chapel scored on a fielder’s choice, an error in left field and a wild pitch to tie it at 5.
“We have to learn to mentally finish games,” Sunlake coach Dick Rohrberg said. “Sometimes we’re having too much fun on the bench and think games are done before they’re not.”