Sailfish Drop Opener to Tampa 14-9
April 28, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball fell to #6/9 ranked Tampa on Friday evening in a marathon game, as the two teams combined for 30 hits and 10 errors in a game that lasted four hours and 19 minutes. Tampa scored in seven of the nine innings on the night, winning the game 14-9 to improve to 30-11 on the season. The Sailfish fall to 26-19.
Tampa jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two and a half innings Friday, as the Spartans got six hits in their first three at-bats and also benefited from a Sailfish error.
The ‘Fish got things rolling offensively in the third inning, as they loaded the bases with one out for Sean Visconti, who doubled to right field to plate two runs. Kyle Simon followed with a sacrifice fly, and Andrew Calderone followed with a double of his own which scored Visconti, making the game 7-4.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, and Tampa plated a run in the top of the fifth on a couple of infield hits.
The Sailfish scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Marcos Perez doubled home a run to right center field and Eddie Vicinanza singled to left field to score two more runs and cut the Spartan lead to 8-7.
Tampa added one more run in the sixth, and the score remained 9-7 until the eighth inning, when the Spartans really poured it on, scoring three runs on four hits, and putting the game out of reach.
The ‘Fish were able to get one run in the eighth inning on Evan Dougherty’s second homer of the season. The Sailfish got one more in the ninth on a couple Spartan throwing errors, but were unable to do any big damage as they fell by the 14-9 final score.
Four Spartans finished with three hits on the night as they totaled 19 team hits. Four Sailfish had multi-hit games, as Dougherty, Noah Johnson, Visconti, and Vicinanza had two hits each.
The Sailfish and Spartans return to Rubin Park on Saturday for a doubleheader, which will begin at noon.