ARCADIA — The Sebring All-Stars overcame the weather and a pair of talented opponent’s to remain undefeated in the Dixie Youth AAA/Minor State Tournament (ages 9-10) on Sunday in Arcadia.
Sebring ended up playing two games Sunday due to their opening game on Saturday being postponed because of rain.
In the first game they overpowered Marianna by a score of 14-4. Sebring scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back against the team from the Panhandle.
Sebring banged out a slew of hits, capitalized on several Marianna errors and Jacob Jackson drove in three runs with a base hit.
In the bottom of the second inning, Fabion Ayala-Narvaez belted a two-run homer over the center-field fence as the boys in blue cruised to the victory.
After a rain delay of three hours, the second game got underway and Sebring edged West Volusia by a score of 4-3.
With the win, Sebring earned a bye on Monday and will play tonight in a winner’s bracket game.
“Just did all the small things,” said Sebring AAA coach Kirby Whitehouse. “That is what we preach. Do the small things. Just did an outstanding job.”
West Volusia took the lead in the second game in the top of the second inning as Tyler Hoppe was hit by Johnathan Delgado’s pitch to get on base. Hoppe eventually scored on a sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 lead.
Sebring’s offense couldn’t get anything going until the bottom of the fourth inning. Owen Lowe ripped a single to right field, Kevin Rosario lined a single and Josh Regino followed with an RBI single to plate Lowe to tie the game at 1.
West Volusia answered in the top of the fifth inning with a pair of runs to take the lead.
Sebring rallied in the bottom of the frame as Ayala-Narvaez singled and Nathan Andrews lined a double to right-center field to plate Ayala-Narvaez.
Andrews took third when the pitcher was walking back to the mound and not paying attention and Jonathan Delgado singled to right field to score Andrews for a 4-3 lead.
Sebring was able to retire West Volusia in the top of the sixth inning to seal the hard-fought victory.
The Sebring All-Stars will play the winner of Monday’s game between Spring Hill American and West Seminole tonight.
The 10-team, double-elimination tournament is scheduled to run through Thursday, but with the usual summer weather pattern of rain and lots of lightning, it may run a little longer.
Lake Placid, which won its opening game on Saturday by a score of 7-6 over South Lake, lost 9-3 to Spring Hill American on Sunday and played an elimination game against Marianna on Monday night.
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