– Delaney’s of Avon Park overcame early leads by Bevis Construction of Lake Placid for a 10-7 win in Dixie Boys baseball on Monday night at Durrah Martin Baseball Complex.
The win improves Delaney’s record to 3-2 on the season, while Bevis Construction dropped to 2-2.
Mike Bevis, the Coach for Bevis Construction was pleased with how his team played.
“We’re comprised of 13-year-old kids,” said Bevis. “And we’re facing off against a team consisting of 14-year-olds.
“Delaney’s has a good team and we played them tough.”
Both Avon Park and Lake Placid have two teams in Dixie Boys this year and Sebring has three. During tournament time, each city can put in two teams, one made up of 13-year-olds and one made up of 13 and 14 years to play in the 14 age group.
Bevis Construction took their first lead in the top half of the first inning. D.J. Williams and Tay Williams led off the inning with a walk and a single respectively. Both would eventually score as Bevis held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom half of the inning.
Delaney’s fired back with two walks, five base hits and an error on the Bevis first baseman netted the Avon Park team six runs.
Anthony Torrez led off with a walk that was followed by a double by Luis Cervera. Jacques Gordon walked to load the bases with no outs.
D.J. Hawthorne, Joel Serrano, Javier Maldonado and Deota Kerney combined to pound out four consecutive singles.
Delaney’s would score once more to cap off the inning and take a 6-2 lead going into the second inning.
Bevis added a run in the second inning to make the score 6-3 to start the third inning.
A walk to Tay Williams, a base hit by Mikey Warner and another walk to Buddy Jolley loaded the bases for Bevis.
Damien Lusby walked to bring home Williams and make the score 6-4. Jason Andrews grounded out to second base, but it was good enough to plate Warner as Bevis pulled within 6-5.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Tom Hovis highlighted the inning as he doubled to drive in Jolley and Lusby to give Bevis a 7-6 lrad.
“We jumped out to a big lead and I know they are mostly 13 year olds,” said Delaney Coach Abe Cervera, “So we stopped the running and pitched guys we do not normally pitch and they stayed in it and took the lead. I then had to bring in an ace and get back to what we normally do.”
Delaney’s responded in the bottom of the third inning by scoring three runs off of base hits by Cervera and Gordon. Cervera led off the inning with a double and Gordon followed that with a single as Delaney’s retook the lead.
They added an insurance run in the fourth inning to make the score 10-7.
Delaney’s pitchers gained control over the final three innings, shutting down Bevis for no runs, no hits and racking up six strikeouts during that three inning span.
“Our goal is to go get Sebring,” said Cervera. “We are working hard, we are getting closer. They have beaten us, but they have been close games.”
Delaney’s will have another shot at a Sebring team tonight when they face Glisson’s on Buzz field at Max Long Recreational Complex.