WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball had lost three out of four games heading into Wednesday night, but an offensive onslaught by the Sailfish lineup led to a 19-2 rout of American International College. The Sailfish pounded 12 extra-base hits Wednesday and 24 hits total and improve to 15-9 overall. The Yellow Jackets fall to 3-6 on the season.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning off Sailfish starter Justin Hernandez. Hernandez settled down to throw a scoreless second inning in his first career start.
The Sailfish tied the game with two runs in the second inning as Marcos Perez had an RBI ground out and Jake Summey had an RBI single to right field. The ‘Fish took a lead in the third inning, as Sean Visconti grounded out to third and plated Evan Dougherty. The ‘Fish offense took off from there, as they scored four runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth inning.
Summey had an RBI single in the fourth inning to drive in the first run of the inning, and Summey scored on an Evan Dougherty triple, his first of two triples Wednesday. Noah Johnson followed Dougherty with a triple of his own, and scored on an error by the Jacket second baseman.
Andrew Calderone got his night going in the fifth inning with a double to left field. Hakeem Rhodes followed with a single, and two runs came home on Eddie Vicinanza’s double deep to left field. After a Summey sacrifice fly, Dougherty connected with his second triple of the game to extend the Sailfish lead to 11-2. The ‘Fish added two more runs in the inning on a Calderone triple.
Blake Beyel (Win, 2-0) was stellar out of the Sailfish bullpen, throwing four innings and allowing just two hits and no runs. Beyel struck out three hitters and needed just 39 pitches to complete his four innings.
Beyel was followed by Mitchell Carroll, Zack Borsa, and Eli Bottenfield, who threw the final three innings scoreless to seal the victory for the ‘Fish.
Dougherty finished with a three-hit game, and added two RBIs. Johnson had a huge night at the plate, going 5-for-6, scoring three runs, and adding three RBIs. Calderone finished a single short of the cycle, as he homered for the third straight game in the eighth inning. Rhodes also finished with a three-hit game at the plate, and scored two runs.