|Bloomingdale pitcher Jesse Hunter earned the win on the mound tossing a complete game.|
|Leto’s Jon Santos scores on a hit-and-run in the third for the lone Falcons’ run.|
Jon Santos stole second with ease with Javy Hernandez at the plate. On a 3-1 count, Santos broke for third, while Hernandez sent a ground ball to short. Santos raced home and would beat out a wide throw to the plate to net the Falcons the 1-0 lead on the fielder’s choice.
single through the left side of the infield to score Merkle.
|Brock Wilken goes in to second hard on a passed ball. Wilken singled
and scored a run in the Bloomingdale win.
“It felt good to come through in that big situation,” Saladino, the grandson of tournament founders Bertha and Tony Saladino, said. “They’re a good team and we knew we were going to have to play well today to come out on top.”
|Bloomingdale junior Nico Saladino comes through with a single to
start the scoring for the Bulls in the fourth.
Hunter got Tomas Lozano to ground into a 6-4-3 double play with nobody out in the seventh to shut down a possible late rally from the Falcons, capping an impressive day from the Bulls’ defense.
its own, one in the second and one in the fifth, to keep Bloomingdale off the
board in both instances. Another bright spot for the Falcons on Saturday was
their team speed. Leto swiped four bases on the afternoon, including two from
while issuing two walks including the three earned runs. Franklyn Hernandez
came in for the last four outs and allowed a pair of walks.
hits and gave up three walks. It was his second complete-game of the season,
the first being on Opening Night in a 4-1 victory over Lennard.
knew they were going to put the ball in play and hit it hard, so I just had to
throw strikes and let my defense do what they do best,” Hunter said.
fly-ball outs and seven ground-ball outs on the afternoon to preserve the win.
get after it.”
have put even more offense together, as there were several loud outs throughout
that the field we’re playing at this week is a little bit bigger than what
they’re used to,” Bloomingdale head coach Kris Wilkin said. “Although we’ve got
some pop in the lineup, it’s not necessarily going to play here at this field,
especially with some of the speedy outfielders we’re playing against.”
and doubles in the gap and not worry so much about hitting balls off the fence
or over it.”
Chamberlain on Monday for a matinee matchup with the Chiefs, who dropped their
first game of the tournament against Freedom on Saturday. Leto will try to
rebound against Freedom on Monday at 1 p.m.
– Will Turner is a student at USF majoring in mass communications, with a focus in news and editorial journalism, and a minor in history. You can follow Will on Twitter:@TBTurner813