Stellar Defense and Timely Hitting Lead to 5-4 Win over Florida Tech
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball, propelled by a three-run fifth inning, held on to defeat Florida Tech Friday night by a 5-4 score. The ‘Fish fought hard at the plate, as they got 10 hits in five innings off of 2016 All-Sunshine State Conference First Team pitcher Ty Cohen. PBA improves to 16-9 on the year with the victory as Florida Tech falls to 13-9.
The Sailfish struck with two runs in the first inning, as Sean Visconti singled up the middle after Jake Summey reached on an error. With two outs in the inning, Andrew Calderone and Peter Rivera both singled to right field, driving in runs and giving the Sailfish an early lead.
Sailfish starter Josh Turner worked around lots of trouble in the first four innings, but came up big with six strikeouts to keep the Panthers off the board. Turner ran into trouble in the fifth inning, as a leadoff walk and a couple defensive miscues led to three Panther runs in the inning. Turner was relieved by Kyle Polaski and Polaski escaped without any further damage.
Visconti singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth for the ‘Fish, and Kyle Simon followed with a rocket to right center field, scoring Visconti as the ball rolled all the way to the fence for a stand-up double. After a Calderone single, Ryan Johnson clobbered a 1-1 fastball, sending it to the left center field wall and driving in two more runs.
Polaski (Win, 3-0) threw very well out of the pen, as he allowed just one base runner in his first two innings, who was eventually caught stealing by Johnson. Polaski allowed a run in the eighth inning as Nick Capra doubled to right field. Joey Hennessey entered with one out in the eighth and got a ground ball to second and a ground ball back to himself to end the Panther threat.
After a Trent Masih single led off the ninth inning, Hennessey (Save, 5) induced a 4-6-3 double play, and later got a fly ball to Calderone in left field to complete the win for the Sailfish.
Visconti had three hits for the Sailfish Friday, to lead all hitters at the plate. Calderone, Rivera, and Eddie Vicinanza all added two more hits for the ‘Fish.
The Sailfish and Panthers will return to Rubin Park on Saturday at noon for a double header.
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