Seahawks Rally Spoils Sailfish Sweep Hopes, West Palm Beach Rivals Split Double Header

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Joel Buchko (Pictured) Raked In The Base Hits Tuesday, Knocking Out Two Doubles and Collecting Three RBIsJoel Buchko (Pictured) Raked In The Base Hits Tuesday, Knocking Out Two Doubles and Collecting Three RBIs

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – It took a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh by Northwood to spoil the double-header for Palm Beach Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon from Palm Beach Gardens High School, with the Sailfish winning game one on a walk-off, 4-3, and falling in game two, 8-5.

After a solid seven-inning start from freshman Phil DiLandro (Win, 2-2), and the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the final frame, PBA took advantage of the wildness from Northwood’s pitcher. With the bases loaded (via two walks and an error) and Joel Buchko at the plate, Karl Kapinos scampered home on a wild pitch to give the Sailfish the win.

DiLandro gave Palm Beach Atlantic a lift with his first career complete game victory, scattering 11 hits while surrendering just one earned run and striking out five.

The Seahawks outhit the Sailfish 11-6, with no PBA hitter garnering a multi-hit game. The ‘Fish used a combination of drawing walks, making productive outs, and getting timely hits to bring home the victory.

The Sailfish took a two-run lead into the final inning in the nightcap, but the Seahawks had other plans, scoring five runs off of Stefano Bucciol, courtesy of three walks, a grand slam, and an RBI double. PBA tried to make it interesting in the bottom of the frame, bringing the tying run to the plate in leading home run hitter Bobby Kissner, but the comeback fell short.

The hits were split evenly between the two squads, with each knocking out 11 hits. Palm Beach Atlantic got three-hit efforts from Ryan Gerber and Sean Visconti, with Joel Buchko knocking out two doubles and driving in three runs.

Starter Kennie Silvestri gave the Sailfish six solid innings of work in his first start of the season. The right hander allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out three Seahawks.

Palm Beach Atlantic drops the season series to their West Palm Beach rival thanks to the split, with the Seahawks winning 4-1 a week ago. The Sailfish return to action this weekend in a three game series on the road at Barry University.

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