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Updated: 04/17/2014 08:00:03AM

AP improves baseball record to 17-4

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PHOTO BY JIM TAYLOR



Sebring’s Jonathan Struck held Avon Park to just one run in 5.2 innings. Sebring won the game 8-2.


By JIM TAYLOR

Journal Correspondent

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The Avon Park Red Devil baseball team improved their overall record to 17-4 last week with two wins and a loss.

They started last week with an 8-3 over the Mulberry Panthers. Daniel Simons pitched another six strong innings to earn his eighth win of the season against no defeats.

Trey Frazier led the team with three base hits, but Luis Martinez drove in three runs on a bases-loaded double that highlighted a five-run second inning that gave the Red Devils a 6-0 lead at the time.

Avon Park then lost to rival Sebring at Head Field in Avon Park.

The win for the Blue Streaks avenged a lost to the Red Devils at Fireman’s Field earlier in the year.

Kenny McGrath started for the Red Devils and walked the first batter of the game, Jordan Austin. Austin stole second, reached third on a balk and scored on a passed ball as Sebring took a 1-0 lead.

Avon Park tied the game in the bottom of the second on a homerun by Alex Gomez. The Red Devils were able to load the bases with one out, but were unable to score as the game remained tied 1-1 after two innings.

Sebring roared back in the top of the third, chasing McGrath from the game. Avon Park brought in Tyrone Perry in relief, but he could not stop the bleeding. Even though the Blue Streaks collected three hits and two walks in the inning, all runs were scored on a bases loaded walk, two passed balls and two wild pitches as Sebring surged back in the lead, 6-1.

The Blue Streaks added runs in the fourth and fifth to increase their lead to 8-1.

Sebring starting pitcher Jonathan Struck found his stride and pitched into the sixth inning while holding the Red Devils to just one run. Struck fell victim to the pitch count with two outs in the sixth as Sebring brought in Josh Crouch in relief.

Crouch gave up a run in the seventh as Sebring won the game 8-2.

The Red Devils bounced back on Friday night with a 4-2 win over the Booker Tornadoes.

Alfred Brown drove in two runs in the second inning and Kyle Kelley hit a two run homer in the third to account for all of Avon Park’s scoring.

It would be more than they needed as Frazier went the distance of the mound, spreading out four hits and giving up only two runs to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Avon Park played at Hardee on Tuesday. The Red Devils’ last game of the season will be Thursday night at Head Field in Avon Park against the DeSoto Bulldogs.

Sebring played at home Tuesday against Jenkins and will play the final game on the road against Port St. Lucie on Thursday before heading to the district playoffs.




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