Sailfish Split with Panthers on Senior Day
April 25, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On a day of celebration at Rubin Park, Palm Beach Atlantic garnered a split with south region rival Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon, falling in game one 8-5, but rebounding to take the nightcap 8-4.
Prior to the days’ games, PBA honored former head coach Gary Carter, who was inducted to the Palm Beach Atlantic Sports Hall of Fame by president William Fleming. After “Skip’s” number eight was officially retired, the Sailfish got underway.
In between the games the Sailfish also honored their seven seniors from the 2015 class. They include Ryan Cota, Chris Farrell, Robbie Pettet, Kennie Silvestri, Andres Vazquez, Brian Walker and Jason Webb.
Florida Tech got on the board right away against PBA starter Kyle Polaski (Loss, 3-5), scoring two in the top of the first inning. The Sailfish battled right back with runs in the bottom of the frame, getting a sacrifice fly from Andres Vazquez and an RBI single from Brian Walker to knot of the score at 2-2.
Unfortunately, the Panthers came through again with a run in the third and two more in the fourth to go up 5-3. PBA came right back again with three of their own in their half of the fourth, with the big blow coming from Sean Visconti’s double that drove in two and tied the score.
The sixth inning became the tipping point in the double-header opener, after a walk and hit-by-pitch started the inning and a single from the leadoff man drove in the pair and gave FIT a 7-5 lead. Florida Tech would add an insurance run on in the eighth to bring the game to its final score of 8-5.
Sean Visconti led the way for the PBA offense, tallying four hits including two doubles while driving in two and scoring a run. Andrew Calderone added a three-hit performance, while Chris Farrell, Andres Vazquez, and Peter Rivera all chipped in two hits apiece.
Game two saw the Sailfish jump out in front on the very first pitch in the home half of the first when Pat Kane launched his first PBA homer over the left field wall to make it 1-0. Not to be outdone, slugger Andres Vazquez clobbered a moonshot with a runner aboard to give the ‘Fish a 3-0 advantage.
Tyler Scheuer (Win, 4-1) wouldn’t need much more run support the rest of the way, toying with the Panther’s hitters all game on the way to his fourth victory of the season. The right-hander scattered eight hits, surrendered four runs and struck out five while only walking two.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s offense kept rolling throughout the game, counterstriking a two-run fourth by Florida Tech with a three-run effort in the bottom of the inning. Four straight hits from Jason Webb, Julian Bilodeau, Ryan Johnson and Pat Kane plated the three-spot and put the game out of reach for good.
The Sailfish would go on to add two more runs to their total thanks to Kane RBI’s in the sixth and eighth innings, and even with a Panther’s rally in the ninth, PBA came out with the victory 8-4.
Kane finished the day with a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI and a run scored. Brian Walker and Ryan Johnson each added two-hit games as well.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Wednesday evening when they welcome back Lynn University for a make-up game to be played at 6:00 pm at Rubin Park.