Trayner sparks Jesuit’s victory
TAMPA DUNEDIN LAKE PLACID TAMPA TAMPA - Jesuit’s Spencer Trayner dominated the Lakewood lineup, striking out 10 and allowing just two base runners in 52/3 innings, as the Tigers (25-2) comfortably advanced to the Class 5A-Region 3 semifinal with a 3-0 win Thursday. Trayner carried a perfect game into the fifth before Donovan Pink led off with a sharp single. By then Jesuit had already taken a 2-0 lead on a fielder’s choice and sacrifice fly in the second. The Tigers tacked on one more run in the fifth when Vincent Miniet (2-for-3) singled home Ryan McCullers. Trayner (7-1) struck out four in a row before issuing a walk and was pulled for Ronnie Ramirez after 84 pitches.Hunter Van Horn pitched a scoreless seventh for his first save. Daniel Portales also went 2-for-3 for Jesuit, which will face Dunedin on Tuesday in the region semifinals. A collection of physical and mental errors at the worst possible time for Robinson doomed the Knights in a region quarterfinal Thursday at the Englebert Complex. With the scored tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth, a potential inning-ending double play was botched when the forceout at second was thrown into short left field, extending the inning for the host Falcons (17-10) in Dunedin’s 3-2 win. Jack Hamrick’s infield single scored Kellen Brown for the game-winning run. The Knights (14-10) didn’t help themselves in the top of the eighth, either. Robinson’s potential go-ahead runner at first was picked off, which preceded Charlie Cole’s double down the left-field line. “Yeah, the worst time, absolutely,” Robinson coach Kevin McCray said of his team’s miscues. “If we have differently executed plays, we win the game. They just happened at the wrong time.” Kyle Barber drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the third inning, and starter AJ Gonzalez and reliever Reeves Martin combined on a three-hit shutout as Tampa Catholic edged Lake Placid 1-0 in a Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinal Thursday night. Tampa Catholic (16-11) loaded the bases in the top of the third inning off right-hander Heath Harris, and Barber lined a single to center field to score Dre Leal. The Green Dragons threatened in the bottom of the seventh by putting runners at second and third with two outs, but Martin induced a ground ball to second base to end the game. Kirby Wilson just wanted to be able to play one more game in his career. Thanks to the senior’s two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh, Wilson and his Tampa Prep teammates will get the chance as the Terrapins defeated Lakeland Christian 3-2 in a Class 3A-Region 2 quarterfinal. Tampa Prep was behind from the start. Lakeland Christian’s Marcus Stump led off the game with a triple and scored on Brooks Wilson’s single. The Terrapins used small ball to get on the board in the third. Matt Fulton singled and advanced to third on two groundouts. Luis Medina hit a single to drive in Fulton. LCS came right back and scored in the fourth. Grant McKown led off with a single and advanced to third on two throwing errors. McKown scored on a groundout to third. The game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth due to rain. Even though Tampa Prep only had two hits when the delay came, interim coach John DeTringo said he saw no panic in his team. “These guys were making jokes,” DeTringo said. “I’ve never been around a looser bunch.” Zach Lynn led off the rally in the bottom of the seventh with a single, followed by a walk by Matthew Fulton. Wilson attempted to bunt, but after two failed attempts, a wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Wilson then saw a fastball he liked and drove it into right field for the win. Cambridge Christian had no trouble with Lakeland Victory Christian in a Class 2A-Region 2 quarterfinal, winning 13-3 in five innings. Everyone got involved in the offense for Cambridge. The Lancers sent nine batters to the plate in both the first and third innings, and everyone got on base at least once. Cambridge scored in every inning except the fourth. Levi Gilcrease highlighted the Cambridge offense with four runs scored. Gilcrease hit solo homers in the first and second innings. He was hit by a pitch in the third and walked in the fifth. “(Victory Christian’s pitcher’s) ball kind of sunk a little bit, and both (of the home run) pitches he left up so I was able to capitalize,” Gilcrease said. University of Alabama commit Nick Eicholtz pitched for the Lancers, and with multiple pro scouts present, he did not disappoint. The senior’s fastball routinely hit 90 mph and Victory hitters had difficulty catching up to it. Eicholtz went three innings before leaving to rest his arm, but he struck out six while giving up one hit and no runs.
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