Lake Worth, FL -- Palm Beach Baseball put on an impressive offensive display in an 11-9 victory over Indian River.
Because of injuries, Freshman pitcher Alex Dominguez was called on to play shortshop for the first time in years. He acquitted himself well. Dominguez collected 2 hits, including a 2-RBI double in his first collegiate at bat. Dominguez handled himself equally in the field, turning a double play, and showing off his great arm on several nice throws to 1st base.
Ricky Neyman collected 4 hits, scored 3 runs, and drove in 3.
The game was back and forth all day long. Indian River struck first taking a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on an RBI groundout. The Panthers answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning. with runners at 1st and 2nd, Ricky Neyman collected his first of four hits on the afternoon to tie the game at 1. After David Munoz popped out on the infield, Alex Dominguez came to the plate for his first official collegiate at bat -- he did not disappoint. Dominguez squeaked a double down the 1st base line, just past the outstretched first baseman, driving home 2 Panthers.
With a score of 3-1, Indian River would bounce right back. A double and an error put 2 runners on for Josh Shoruder, the reigning FCSAA Player of the Week. Shrouder smoked a line drive into center to cut the Panther lead to 3-2. The next batter, RJ Diaz, grounded into a fielder's choice at 2nd, but the runner scored from 3rd to tie the game at 3.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Ray Sanchez was hit by a pitch with one out, starting a PBSC rally. Gabriel Marinez singled and Reid Ziztelberg walked, loading the bases for Ricky Neyman. Neyman continued his torrid day by singling home 2 runners to take the lead back, 5-3.
In the top of th3 4th, 2 consecutive doubles cut the lead to 5-4. After a sacrifice bunt, Diego Arroyo singled on a groundball through the left side of the infield tying the game at 5. After a wild pitch, putting Arroyo at 2nd base, Carter Chancey doubled on a line drive to left field to put Indian River back on top 6-5. This would be the end of the day for Palm Beach starter Shane Roberts. Roberts allowed 6 runs, 4 earned, in 4.1 innings. Tom Green came on in relief of Roberts and retired the 1st two men he faced to end the threat.
In the 5th, 3 straight singles paved the way for a big inning for Indian River. Jeremy Davis was out on a sacrifice fly increasing the Indian River lead, 7-5. During the next at bat, runners advanced on a wild pitch and then Levi Aguila scored on a throwing error by catcher David Munoz -- the score was 8-5. Diaz reached 1st base after he struck out swinging on a passed ball by Munoz. Two consecutive lineouts, both hard hit, would end the inning.
The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the 6th. A walk and 2 singles by Ricky Neyman and Alex Dominguez loaded the bases for Jisjar Clotida. Clotida would fly out to left, scoring 1 run. Next batter, Joe Smith, would walk loading the bases once again. Indian River would bring in reliever Darren Rorabeck and he promptly served up a single to Ray Sanchez, tying the game at 8.
With Shelby Frazier pitching in the 7th, 2 walks put a runner in scoring position with only 1 out. Yordy Cabrera came on in relief and stuck out the first batter he saw but tried to pick off the runner at 2nd and the runner from 3rd scored, even though the Panthers recorded the out at 2nd to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Tal Erel, who took over at catcher for David Munoz. Erel singled to left bringing home 2 PBSC runners and took 2nd on the throw to the plate. Erel was picked off 2nd, but Jisjar Clotida would single and Joe Smith would walk to put a runner in scoring position for Ray Sanchez. Sanchez would groundout to short -- the Panther lead remained 11-9.
Yordy Cabrera earned his 3rd win pitching around a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk over the final two innings.
Palm Beach will travel to Indian River on Friday before finishing out the series at home on Saturday at 1:00.
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