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Sebring blasts Baker County

FREEPORT - Sebring bounced back from a loss in its first game to crush Baker County by a score of 19-1 in the Dixie Youth (ages 9-10) AAA State Tournament on Sunday. "We came out and swung the bats," said Sebring AAA coach Kirby Whitehouse. "We got the bats off our shoulders and crushed the ball. We switched to our black uniforms and we're going to keep wearing them because this was a good win and we need to keep it going in the next game." The win kept the Sebring all-Stars alive in the 16-team, double-elimination tournament and set up a game against Calhoun on Monday. Results from the game were not available at press time.
Sebring got rolling in the bottom of the first inning against Baker County. Nathan Andrews was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, Reid Whitehouse followed with a ground-rule double and Cope Brewer and Ty Martz walked. Landon Baker reached on an error, Sam Lieske and Cole Vanderpool smacked RBI singles and Conor Delaney plated a run with another single. A sacrifice fly scored a run, Jonathan Delgado walked, Matt Jones singled and Andrews, Whitehouse and Zach Doorlag belted consecutive triples to give the boys in black a commanding 12-0 lead after one inning. "We jumped on Baker County early and that's what we wanted," Coach Whitehouse said. "We played with a lot more confidence and that's good to see." Delgado, a hard-throwing right-hander, breezed through the Baker County lineup and the Sebring offense went back to work in the bottom of the second inning. The hits piled up as did the runs to help Sebring cruise to the victory in only three innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Delgado earned the win with three innings of work and allowed only one hit in a dominating performance. The Sebring All-Stars won the District 8 tournament using a combination of solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting and they will have to keep playing well to stay in the tournament. "We're going to start Zach Doorlag against Calhoun," said Whitehouse. "He's a solid pitcher and hopefully, he'll be on and we can back him up with great defense. "This is a great group of kids and we're going to keep playing hard and see what happens." mpinson@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5837