Sailfish Swept by Barry in Saturday Double Dip
March 25, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic was unable to take the weekend series with Barry after winning game one on Friday night as the Bucs swept the Sailfish 13-8 and 5-4 (11 innings) on Saturday.
The Sailfish and Bucs will meet again on April 12 in Miami Shores to close out the season series which the Bucs now lead 3-1.
PBA is back in action on Tuesday making the short trip to Davie to take on Nova Southeastern for the first time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Game One – Barry 13, PBA 8
Barry scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 13-8 victory. The Bucs knocked out Sailfish starter Casey Kopec after two innings. PBA kept pace until the seventh when Barry put up four to take a 13-6 lead.
Peter Rivera collected three of the team’s nine hits including two doubles to give him 14 on the season. His first double of the game knocked in the first run for PBA in the first, scoring Eddie Vicinanza who led off the game with a single. That brought the game to 2-1 in favor of the Bucs before Barry added two runs in the second.
The ‘Fish scored twice in the third as Kyle Simon knocked in a run with his only hit of the game. Rivera later scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 5-3. Both teams scored three times in the fourth. Sean Visconti doubled in two with the bases loaded before Rivera knocked in another run with a single up the middle.
Barry scored another run in the fifth to make it a three-run game. Kopec took the loss to fall to 1-1 after allowing six hits and four runs, three earned. Alex Lavandero struck out 11 for the Bucs to improve to 4-1 after eight innings of work.
Game Two – Barry 5, PBA 4 (11 innings)
PBA held a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning with closer Dominic Monda on the mound but allowed two runs to tie the game and send it into extra innings where Barry ultimately prevailed, 5-4 in 11 innings.
The Sailfish had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth with two on and one out but an odd double play ended any chance. Kyle Simon hit a ball into right field that was caught and as Noah Johnson moved up from second to third, Peter Rivera was caught between first and second ultimately being tagged out to end the inning.
The ‘Fish had a runner on in each of the 10th and 11th innings but couldn’t come up with a big hit to push across a run. PBA failed to score in any of the final seven innings, scoring two in the third and two in the fourth.
Julian Bilodeau drove home the first run with a double before Rivera drove in Noah Johnson with a groundout. In the fourth Jake Summey knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and was followed by an RBI double from Eddie Vicinanza.
Tyler Hawks made the start for the ‘Fish and left with a chance at a win after five innings where he allowed five hits and two runs. The freshman struck out two and walked one before giving way to Tyler Scheuer. Scheuer struck out one in 1.1 innings allowing three hits.
Monda pitched the next 4.1 innings, throwing 87 pitches a day after earning a two-inning save. He struck out five but picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. Nate Greve (2-0) got the win for the Bucs after two innings of relief work, striking out one and giving up one hit.