In the second game, Pinellas Park’s Logan Peel was unhittable on the mound, pitching a complete game 4-1 victory over Orlando to set up a championship showdown with Tamiami today at 10 a.m. If Pinellas Park wins, the two teams will play again for a spot in the South Zone Tournament.
Against Winston, Pinellas Park scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Johnathan Boriboun walked to lead-off the inning and, after two outs, Angel Ramos walked to put two runners on board. Napo Ballestero connected on a two-RBI double and Cody Miller followed with a RBI double to put Pinellas Park on top.
In the top of the second, Winston pushed across three runs to even the score. With one out and Josh Barger and Zack Odam on base, Justin Akins connected on a run-scoring single. A triple by Morgan Reed emptied the bases and a RBI single by Trevor McSpadden finished the scoring. Winston loaded the bases with two outs but couldn’t push across another run.
In the bottom of the third, Pinellas Park score eight more runs with eight singles, a walk and a hit batter. Boriboun scored twice in the inning while Peel, Ballestero, Miller, Josh Dallas, Abiezer Jiminez and Shane Jackson also scored to put Pinellas Park ahead 11-3.
A dropped pop-up with two outs allowed Pinellas Park to add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Dallas reached on a one-out infield single and stole second before taking third on Jiminez’s single. After a strikeout and a Jiminez stolen base, a dropped pop-up by the shortstop on Boriboun’s batted ball allowed Dallas to score. A double steal brought Jiminez home and a passed ball and throwing error plated Boriboun to go up 14-3.
Winston responded with eight of its own runs in the top of the fifth inning. Landon Foster singled and Chris Denning doubled to open the inning. An error by the shortstop scored the lead runner. The Biscuits scored seven more, including a RBI single by Cody Hollingsworth that fell about three feet short of clearing the wall. Trailing 14-7 with two outs and the bases loaded, Foster and Denning connected on back-to-back two-RBI singles to close out the soring in the inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, Hollingsworth found a little more of the ball on his bat as this time he cleared the fence for a two-out solo-home run that cut the deficit to 14-13.
In the sixth inning, Pinellas Park’s Shane Jackson connected on a two-out RBI single before being thrown out attempting to stretch it.
Winston was able to put two runners on base in the top of the seventh inning but a diving catch by Josh Dallas and a stikeout looking prevented the local team from taking the lead.
Pinellas Park finished with 15 hits in the win. Jiminez went 3-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice to lead the attack. Darrel Weber went 2-for-4 and Ballestero went 2-for-4 with a double. Shane Jackson (2-for-4) and Peel (2-for-3) also finished with multi-hit games for the Florida team.
Winston scattered 14 hits including a 2-for-2 with a home run performance by Hollingsworth coming off the bench. Foster went 4-for-4 with Denning (2-for-5, double) and Odom (2-for-3, two walks) also connecting for a pair of hits.
In the final game of the afternoon, Pinellas Park scored once in the top of the third and three in the top of the fourth to pick up the win.
In the top of the third inning, Pinellas Park’s Boriboun reached on an error and stole second base. A single by Ramos sent Boriboun to third and a sacrifice by Ballestero put Pinellas Park ahead 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Pinellas Park’s Dallas reached on a walk and took second on Tyree Graves’ sacrifice. After a balk moved him to third, Dallas scored on Weber’s single. After Boriboun singled, Michael Rivera blasted a two-RBI double to push the lead to 4-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Orlando’s Bradley Irwin opened the inning with a double. Taking third on a single by Ian McKinney, Irwin came home on an error off Dylan Dragon’s batted ball. After the next batter grounded out to the pitcher to move both runners into scoring position, Peel struck out the final two batters to end the rally.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Orlando’s attempt at a rally was thwarted by Peel who struck out the first two batters before forcing the third to hit an easy fly ball to centerfield.
Pinellas Park connected on eight hits in the win but it was all Peel. The righthander threw all seven innings, allowing one run off four hits and a walk while striking out six, including four of the final five outs.
Orlando’s Irwin went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run to lead his squad. McKinney, Brandon Grubhorn and Brandon Rhea also finished with hits in the losing effort.