Sebring knocks off Lake Placid
SEBRING - The Sebring All-Stars outlasted the Lake Placid All-Stars 5-2 in an elimination game in the District Pitching Machine (ages 6-7) Tournament at Max Long Complex on Sunday.
"They did not play scared today," said Sebring Coach Bobby Green.
"They did not go there thinking I don't want the baseball, they wanted it every play and they got it every play."
Both Lake Placid and Sebring lost to Okeechobee on Saturday, which set up this game with the winner advancing to the championship game against undefeated Okeechobee.
"From what I saw of our team, I honestly could not have asked for more, they have come a long way," said Lake Placid Coach Donald Lusby. "Last month this same team beat us handidly, so right now we are progressing outrageously well."
Sebring took the early lead as Blaine Garza led off the bottom of the first with a single and stole second base. He advanced to third on a ground ball to shortstop by Chance Casey and scampered home on a ground ball to shortstop by Daniel Lynch to put Sebring up 1-0.
Lake Placid returned the favor in the top of the second when Casey Simmons reached base on an infield single and scored on a single into left field by Tracen Phillips to knot the game at 1.
Sebring recaptured the lead in the bottom of the second as Herb Somers and Dane Kelsey led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Somers scored as he darted home on a ground ball to shortstop by Dalton Percy to create a 2-1 lead.
Sebring increased its lead to 3-1 in the third inning despite getting four base hits.
Brody Green, Pedro Ranos and Logan McGann led off the inning with singles to load the bases.
With one out, Casey singled in Green to generate a 3-1 lead. The Lake Placid defense tightened as they made two plays at the plate to end the threat.
Sebring boosted its lead in the bottom of the fourth by scoring two more runs.
With two outs and nobody on base, Sebring strung together four consecutive base hits. Solan Huter started the two-out rally with an infield single. Percy followed with a shot into left-center field.
Jake Jackson singled to drive in Huter for the first run of the inning. Brody Green capped off the scoring with a single into left field that allowed Percy to score to give Sebring a 5-1 lead.
Lake Placid did not go away quietly as they attempted their own two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning. They managed to score one run on base hits by Jarrett Johnston and Phillips.
The runners advanced to third and second respectively on a double steal and Johnston darted home on a stolen base as Lake Placid closed the gap 5-2.
The Sebring defense quickly put the lid on the Lake Placid comeback attempt by getting the third out and holding them scoreless in the sixth inning for the 5-2 win.
With the loss, Lake Placid was eliminated from the tournament.
With the win, Sebring advanced to play Okeechobee for the district championship.
"We still have to hit the ball and our big bats have to start producing," said Green. "We are generally a big ball team and they are not playing big ball right now, but we will get them going. Mentally and physically they are here today, now we need to get the bats going and we will be fine."
Sebring needed two wins over Okeechobee to become district champions and to advance to the state tournament.