SOUTHWEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES BASEBALL
BAD DEFENSE, UMPIRING ALLOW PANTHERS TO ESCAPE WITH TIE
Another defensive lapse, combined with poor umpiring, allowed Palmetto to score a run in the top of the seventh inning and escape with a 1-1 tie at Southridge’s Robbie Smith Field. Preseason games do not go extra innings. Southwest scored first when, in the bottom of the third inning, Danny Cruz singled. With two outs and Erick Orbeta at the plate, Cruz broke for second. The pitcher, who had not yet started towards the plate, threw wildly to first and Cruz came all the way around to score. Eagles starter Michael Padron threw five shutout innings against a squad with 20 seniors that advanced to the state Final Four a year ago. Marcos Roca retired the Panthers in order in the sixth and closer Orbeta retired the first two batters in the seventh. He had two strikes on the third batter when he threw what looked like a game-ending third strike. The plate umpire started to punch out the batter, then changed his mind and called the pitch a ball. The batter then singled to left to keep Palmetto’s hopes alive. The fourth batter hit a ground ball which again looked like the game-ending out, but the Southwest fielder let the ball get under his glove for an error putting runners at first and second. The next batter flied to left-center field, where the Eagles outfielder dropped the ball allowing the tying run to score. The box score is here.
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Michael Padron allowed only two hits in five innings
DISTRICT 15 STANDINGS:
Team W-L SOUTHWEST 0-0 Varela 0-0 Ferguson 0-0 Braddock 0-0 Columbus 0-0
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