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Sebring powers past Lake Placid

— The Sebring All-Stars dominated the Lake Placid All-Stars by a score of 13-2 in the Dixie Boys (age 14) State Tournament at Max Long Complex on Sunday.

Sebring started the scoring early and didn’t let off the gas as Lake Placid dug themselves into a deep hole they couldn’t get out of.

“I’d say it went pretty well,” said Sebring Dixie Boys Coach Cesar Martinez. “We came out swinging the bats like I know we’re capable of doing. I was a little concerned because we play Lake Placid a lot in scrimmage games and in the regular season, every game I am nervous but this is one of those games I was concerned about. The boys came out focused and stroking the baseballs. Once again my pitcher, Dayvon Terry, came out here and was a horse pitching for five innings. At the end of the day you can’t ask for anything better.”

The win moved Sebring into a winner’s bracket game tonight, while the loss dropped Lake Placid into a loser’s bracket game against Hernando on Sunday night.

Results from the Lake Placid game were not available at press time.

Sebring’s offense got rolling in the first inning as Hunter Martinez singled, Clint Patrick lined a single to left-center field and Justin Bickman was hit by a pitch from Lake Placid’s Buddy Jolley to load the bases.

Gabe Gomez roped a double driving in Martinez, Patrick and Bickman.

Dayvon Terry rapped a run-scoring hit, Josh Rivera grounded a single to left field and Damian Lusby smacked a triple to right field.

Dalton Whitman flew out to center field and Lusby tagged up at third base and raced home for an 8-0 lead.

“Our starting pitcher just wasn’t on,” said Lake Placid Dixie Boys coach Randy Harris. “We kind of dug ourselves a hole and we just couldn’t get out of it. The boys attitudes were down and it was hard to bring them back up. That first inning killed us. It might have been my fault for not pulling him sooner.”

Bottom of the first, Lake Placid’s Tay Williams hit a line drive into center field for a single, stole second, and then third when the throw from the Sebring catcher sailed into the outfield.

But Terry bore down as Katwan Ward popped out to first, DJ Williams went down swinging and Jolley grounded out.

Sebring tacked on a couple of runs in the top of the second.

The ball hit Bickman again, but this time it was the other Jolley pitching, Cody Jolley, Bickman took his base, stole second base, moved to third on a base hit and scored on a wild pitch.

Rivera capped the inning with a ground out for an RBI for a 9-0 lead.

Lake Placid went down in order in the bottom of the frame as Terry struck out the side.

Sebring’s bats were still hot in the top of the third. Whitman walked and took second on a wild pitch. Martinez slapped an RBI double, Patrick singled and Bickman walked to load the bases.

Gomez walked to force in a run and Terry lined an RBI single for a 12-0 lead.

Lake Placid attempted to rally in the bottom of the third. Cody Jolley hit a homer over the left-center field fence putting Lake Placid on the board.

Tay Williams walked, stole second and took third when second was over thrown. Buddy Jolley walked, DJ Williams popped out to center and Tay Williams tagged up at third and scored to make it 12-2.

“By the time we got going it was too late,” said coach Harris.

Sebring capped the scoring in the top of the fifth on a Gomez solo home run to make it 13-2.

Lake Placid couldn’t score in the bottom of the frame and the game was called.