Sailfish Split Doubleheader With Flagler

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic split a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with Flagler College, defeating the Saints 12-4 in the first game of the day and falling 6-1 in the final game of the series. The ‘Fish now sit at 6-5 on the season as Flagler College is 9-2 after the series win.

The Sailfish have a week off before heading to Saint Leo University for a weekend series on Feb. 24 and 25.

Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 12, Flagler 4

The Sailfish got off to a good start early in the game, as they got to Saints’ starter Dustin Dye for four runs in the second inning, as Eddie Vicinanza led off the scoring with a home run to left field. After Andrew Calderone and Robert Campo singles, Evan Dougherty blasted an RBI double to left field, and Noah Johnson followed with a double, scoring two more runs.

Flagler scored a couple runs in the fifth inning of Sailfish starter Tyler Hawks to cut into the Sailfish lead, but they were all the runs Hawks allowed as he finished with 4.2 innings pitched allowing two earned runs and striking out three.

The Sailfish answered in a big way in the bottom of the sixth, as Dougherty blasted a three-run homer deep over the left field wall, extending the Sailfish lead to 10-2.

Kyle Polaski (Win, 1-0) gave the ‘Fish a nice outing out of the bullpen, going three innings, allowing two runs in his 44 pitch outing. Senior Sean Horner closed out the game, throwing 1.1 innings, striking out two and allowing just one base runner.

Freshman Blake Beyel gave the ‘Fish some insurance runs in the top of the ninth as he belted his first collegiate home run, extending the lead to 12-4.

Game 2: Flagler 6, Palm Beach Atlantic 1

The final game of the series was dominated by Flagler College starting pitcher Michal Maiocco, who baffled Sailfish hitters Saturday, throwing a complete game, four-hitter, striking out four hitters and retiring 16 hitters in a row during the middle innings of the game.

The Sailfish gave up four runs in the top of the first inning, and that was all Maiocco needed on the day. PBA got nice relief work from fellow freshman Beyel and Joey Hennessey, who combined for 6.2 innings on the mound, allowing two runs and striking out four.

Unfortunately, the Sailfish could only muster four hits against Maiocco, two of which came from junior Kyle Simon. Simon drove in Dougherty who reached on a single in the top of the first inning for the lone Sailfish run of the seven-inning ballgame.

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