Saints Slug Past Sailfish For Double Header Sweep

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications

Senior Joel Buchko (Pictured) Had Himself A Great Day At The Plate, Goin 4-for-7 With Four RBI On The Day (Photo Credit: Neil Hayes).Senior Joel Buchko (Pictured) Had Himself A Great Day At The Plate, Goin 4-for-7 With Four RBI On The Day (Photo Credit: Neil Hayes).

Box Score

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic had a tough afternoon against the Flagler College Saints, falling in both games of Saturday’s twin bill by scores of 14-3 and 4-3 from Drysdale Field.

Errors proved costly in the first game of the double-header, with the Sailfish committing four for the game and allowing six unearned runs. After registering a 10-run first inning in Friday night’s contest, the Saints put together a nine-run frame in the third that put the game out of reach early.

Palm Beach Atlantic scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, but by that time the host Saints had already pushed their run total out to 13. Flagler’s Jake Taylor hit his ninth and 10th homers of the year to lead the FC offensive charge.

Seniors Joel Buchko, Ryan Drew and Spencer Castro along with freshman Tyler Parker led the way for PBA at the plate, with each player registering 2-hit games. Buchko drove in two of the three Sailfish runs.

The second game of the double-dip took a turn for the worst in the latter part of the game and sent the ‘Fish home with a 4-3 loss.

After the Sailfish put two runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a Buchko RBI-double that scored Ethan Perla and a Drew RBI-single that scored Buchko, PBA looked poised to salvage a double-header split. The visitors tacked on another run in the third inning when the Buchko/Perla combo accounted for another tally.

The Saints would draw a run closer in the fifth inning with a single run of their own, but did their worst damage in the sixth. With one run already in and two outs, the Saints got a three-run home run to take the lead for good.

Perla and Buchko led the offense for PBA in the second game, each going 2-for-3 at the plate while Perla scored two runs and Buchko drove in two.

There’s little time to rest for the Sailfish, who play their fourth game in three days tomorrow night at 7 PM on the road at Nova Southeastern.

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