SEBRING — Sebring used solid pitching and tight defense to blank Lake Placid by a score of 10-0 in the Dixie AAA (ages 9-10) District 8 Tournament on Saturday at Max Long Complex.
The win kept Sebring undefeated in the four-team, double-elimination tournament and moved them into the championship game on Sunday against Lake Placid, which stayed alive by eliminating Okeechobee Saturday afternoon.
Sebring needed one win while Lake Placid had to win two games to claim the title.
Results were not available at press time.
The Sebring All-Stars have played well in being the only team left unbeaten in the tournament.
“It’s the small things,” said Sebring AAA coach Kirby Whitehouse. “It’s what I preach. Just do the little things and big things will happen. My pitchers did a real good job hitting their spots. I knew Lake Placid would come with good speed pitching today and they would be around the plate. My boys keyed in on swinging the bat.”
Sebring got rolling in the top of the first inning as Josh Regino reached on an infield single, Logan McGann was hit by a pitch and Reid Whitehouse lined a single to center field to plate Regino.
Fabion Ayala-Narvaez scored McGann on a ground out, Nathan Andrews singled and Jonathan Delgado scored Whitehouse.
Andrews was on third when Lake Placid pitcher Joey Warner uncorked a wild pitch allowing Andrews to race home for a 4-0 lead.
Lake Placid went quietly in the bottom of the inning.
The potent Sebring offense went back to work in the top of the second inning as Trey Rowe, a left-handed power hitter, blasted a solo homer over the big wall in right field known as the blue monster for a 5-0 lead.
The Lake Placid All-Stars tried to rally but couldn’t get anything going on offense in the bottom of the frame against right-hander Jonathan Delgado.
In the top of the third inning, Sebring’s Avala-Narvaez ripped a single to left field to score McGann and Whitehouse.
Ayala-Narvaez came around to score on a base hit by Owen Lowe for a commanding 8-0 lead.
Lake Placid attempted to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third as Damien Brown tripled to right field. But he was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch to end the threat.
Sebring went back to work in the top of the fourth inning as Regino doubled and McGann doubled down the right-field line to plate Regino.
Ayala-Narvaez scored McGann make it 10-0.
Lake Placid had one last chance to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Sebring relieved Delgado with Rowe after he hurled three scoreless innings to earn the win.
Lake Placid’s Chase Lane and James Swaford drew walks off Rowe and Sebring brought in right-hander Nathan Andrews.
Andrews struck out the next three Lake Placid hitters to end the threat.
The game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“Delgado did a great job keeping Lake Placid off-balance,” said Whitehouse. “I brought in Rowe in the fourth because when he is hitting good he usually pitches good, but he dove for a ball in right field earlier and walked two. He gave me a home run though. Andrews was brought in and walked right threw them, hitting the strike zone, hitting the spot.”
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The District 8 winner advances to the Dixie AAA state tournament beginning July 11 in Arcadia.