Springstead Looks to Build off Big Week, Sit at 5-0
By Brandon Webster:
Springstead carried early season momentum into a big week going 2-0 last week to improve to 5-0 overall on the young season.
Thursday, county rival Central fell to the red hot Eagles 9-6 thanks in part to a huge second inning.
Springstead, did most of their scoring in the first two innings, scoring a combined six runs.
Laferty led off the first with a single and would come around to score on a John Oliveira sacrifice fly. Springstead scored the second run of the inning on an error by Central shortstop Trevor Adler.
The second inning saw four Eagles cross the dish, with the big blow being a Dakota Blevens
3 run triple to put Springstead up 6-0.
Bodi Sbashnig, Springstead’s starter, lasted just 3 2/3 innings giving up five runs.
Adam Palma got the first run on the board for Central with a RBI single in the third. Jonathan Allion contributed with a RBI double to make it 6-2, before the Bears scored three more in the inning to cut the deficit to one.
Springstead reliever Dominic Marrone pitched 4 1/3 of one run ball, allowed the Eagles to secure the victory, and his sacrifice fly in the fourth would help add some much needed insurance.
The Bears didn’t help their cause, committing a game high 10 errors.
Friday night Springstead improved to 5-0 behind a shutout from Joey Delgatto and Kevin Thomas who held the Pirates at bay.
Luke Lafferty again provided the early spark, reaching on error in the first and scoring on Delgatto’s sacrifice fly.
Springstead would put this game away early thanks to a six run third inning.
Richie Hopper would lead off the inning with a single, followed by Jack Jaziak reaching on an error. John Oliveira then hit a long three-run homer to left center to put the eagle up 4-0.
The scoring continued as Dakota Blevens knocked in Delgatto with a RBI single to go up 5-0. The final runs of the inning came on a two-run single from Max Glenn to put the score at 7-0.
The eighth and final run of the game came in the fourth when Brett Maharaj singled.
Delgatto started the game and fired four shutout innings, before Thomas came on to complete the final three frames.
The Eagles play again Tuesday night vs Weeki Wachee in a rematch of last year’s district final. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., weather permitting.