Calderone's Home Run, Horner's Strong Start Propel Fish to Series Win

Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.

Photo courtesy of Ron Hilliard.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball split a doubleheader with Florida Tech on Saturday, dropping the opener 10-6 before defeating the Panthers 4-3 in the finale to take the series. The Sailfish rode senior Sean Horner’s strong outing in the finale, as he went eight strong innings and led the ‘Fish to the victory. The Sailfish now sit 17-10 on the season as the Panthers are now 14-10.

The Sailfish will travel to Melbourne, Fla. on Tuesday to try and win the season series against the Panthers. The game is set for a 6 p.m. start.

Game 1: Florida Tech 10, Palm Beach Atlantic 6

PBA fell behind early as Florida Tech scored one run in the top of the first inning off Sailfish starter Tyler Hawks. The ‘Fish had a quick answer though as Evan Dougherty scored in the bottom of the first inning on a double play ball off the bat of Sean Visconti.

The Sailfish grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third inning as Visconti doubled down the right field line and drove in Dougherty. The Sailfish had runners on second and third with one out but were unable to extend their lead in the inning.

The game stayed 2-1 into the fifth inning, as the Sailfish made some defensive mistakes, and couldn’t find the strike zone in the inning, as they gave up seven runs in the frame. The Panthers scored two more runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 10-2.

The ‘Fish had some fight in them, as they countered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Peter Rivera doubled to the fence in left center field, which drove in the first run of the inning. Rivera scored on an RBI ground out by Eddie Vicinanza, and Marcos Perez, who reached on a bunt single, came around to score on a single by Jake Summey.

The Sailfish got one more run in the seventh inning but were unable to do any damage in the eighth or ninth and fell 10-6. Tyler Hawks picks up the loss on the day and falls to 0-3 on the season. The trio of Mitchell Carroll, Justin Hernandez, and Blake Beyel combined to throw the final three innings scoreless to keep the game within striking distance.

Johnson had another solid game at the plate for the ‘Fish, going 4-for-5. Summey also collected multiple hits in the game as he finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Game 2: Palm Beach Atlantic 4, Florida Tech 3

Palm Beach Atlantic had to use a lot of bullpen arms in the first game on Saturday, and needed a good outing from Horner in the finale. Horner (Win, 3-1) gave them that and more, as the senior went eight innings, allowing two earned runs, and striking out seven Panther hitters. The start is Horner’s longest of his career and the longest by any Sailfish this season.

Florida Tech scored two runs in the second inning, as a couple of infield hits and a balk cost the Sailfish in the inning. The game stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the third inning, when Summey led off with a bunt single and came around to score on Visconti’s second hit of the game.

Both starting pitchers were locked in, as Horner and Andy Marzheuser put up zero after zero on the scoreboard. The game turned in the Sailfish favor in the sixth inning, as Visconti led off with a single, and after a Kyle Simon strikeout Rivera followed with a double down the line, sending Visconti to third base. Up next came Andrew Calderone, who sent a 2-0 change-up over the left field wall for his fifth homer of the season. The homer gave the Sailfish their first lead of the game at 4-2.

The Panthers got an unearned run off Horner in the seventh, but weren’t able to do anything off Horner in the eighth inning as pinch-hitter Ryan Sinzenich grounded out to end the inning.

Joey Hennessey (Save, 6) threw a perfect ninth inning to complete the victory for the Sailfish and pick up his second save in as many days.

Rivera finished the game with two hits while Visconti had an outstanding game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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