EAGLES DEFEAT TOP-SEEDED PACE TO ADVANCE TO TITLE GAME

Mario Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to highlight Southwest’s 8-5 extra inning victory over top-seeded Pace in the semifinals of the HSBN March Madness tournament. The Spartans entered the game with an 18-1 record, batting .392 as a team with an astounding 39 home runs. But they clearly had not faced a pitcher the caliber of the sophomore Garcia. The Eagles (10-8) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Erick Orbeta reached on an infield hit and Danny Cruz followed with his fourth home run of the year. Pace got one run back in the bottom of the first when Garcia hit a batter, was called for two balks, and then gave up a ground out that scored a runner from third. Southwest made it 3-1 in the top of the third when Kike Aparicio singled. Osmany Hernandez sacrificed pinch-runner Skippy Hernandez to second, and Eddie Sierra scored him with an RBI single. The Eagles extended the lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Aparicio singled again and Justin Worley celebrated his birthday in style with a 2-run homer. Garcia would have taken his no-hitter into the sixth inning had it not been for a plate umpire who missed a third strike right over the center of the plate. The horrible call gave a second life to Spartans’ second baseman Jeter Downs, who then hit a home run to break up the no-no. An error led to two more unearned runs and the lead shrank to 5-4 after five innings. Pace forced extra innings when two walks and a throwing error allowed a run to score. The Eagles, who had their first two runners reach base in six of the eight innings, bounced right back when Worley led off the eighth with a walk and Lorenzo Hernandez beat out a bunt for a single. Two outs later, Jorge Tejeda cleared the bases with a clutch triple to right-center. Courtesy runner Matthew Sprinkle scored moments later for the eighth run. Orbeta saved the win for reliever Aparicio by getting the last three outs. Thursday’s 7:30pm championship game at Pompano Four Fields park will be an all-Westchester affair as Coral Park upset St. Thomas Aquinas in the other semifinal. Read MiamiDadeHighSchoolBaseball.com's coverage here.

 

SOUTHWEST EAGLES     AB  R  H BI  MONSIGNOR PACE       AB  R  H BI

Erick Orbeta          4  2  2  0  Jeter Downs           5  1  1  1 

Danny Cruz            4  1  1  2  Bryan Diaz            3  2  1  0 

Jorge Tejeda          4  0  1  2  Michael Montes        2  2  0  0 

Brett Mantrana        4  0  2  0  Santos Grande         3  0  1  2 

 Ricky Macias         1  0  0  0  Andres Sanchez        4  0  1  1 

Kike Aparicio         3  1  2  0  Kenneth Gonzalez      4  0  0  0 

 Danny Hernandez      0  1  0  0  Sammy Infante         3  0  0  0 

Osmany Hernandez      2  0  0  0  Brandon Cruz          2  0  0  0 

 Lewis Romero         1  0  0  0  Anthony Sanabria      3  0  0  0 

Eddie Sierra          3  0  2  1   Khalil Abdel         1  0  0  0 

 Junior Moralobo      1  0  0  0                                   

Justin Worley         2  1  2  2                                   

Lorenzo Hernandez     4  1  1  0 

 Matthew Sprinkle     0  1  0  0                             

TOTALS               33  8 13  7  TOTALS               30  5  4  4

 

SOUTHWEST EAGLES              201 020 03 -- 8 

MONSIGNOR PACE                100 030 10 -- 5 

 

LOB--SOUTHWEST EAGLES 8, MONSIGNOR PACE 9. ERR--Kike

Aparicio, Danny Cruz. 2B--Brett Mantrana, Andres Sanchez.

3B--Jorge Tejeda. HR--Justin  Worley, Danny Cruz, Jeter

Downs. HBP--Kike Aparicio, Jorge Tejeda, Bryan Diaz (2).

SACB--Osmany Hernandez. SB--Erick Orbeta, Michael Montes.

 

 SOUTHWEST EAGLES                IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR

Mario Garcia                   4.67    2    4    2    2    4    1

Kike Aparicio (W)              2.33    2    1    0    4    5    0

Erick Orbeta (S)               1.00    0    0    0    0    2    0

 MONSIGNOR PACE            

Manuel Rodriguez               3.00    7    3    3    2    2    1

Alek Sierra (L)                5.00    6    5    5    2    5    1

 

WP--Alek Sierra. BALK--Mario Garcia (2), Alek Sierra.

SO--Brett Mantrana (2), Lorenzo Hernandez, Lewis Romero,

Osmany Hernandez, Eddie Sierra, Ricky Macias, Bryan Diaz

(2), Andres Sanchez, Santos Grande, Anthony Sanabria (2),

Brandon Cruz (2), Kenneth Gonzalez (2), Khalil Abdel.

BB--Justin Worley (2), Danny Cruz, Erick Orbeta, Michael

Montes (2), Santos Grande, Sammy Infante, Brandon Cruz (2).

 
Mario Garcia was exceptional in his first career start.

Jorge Tejeda's 8th-inning triple was the winning hit.