SANFORD — Saturday afternoon was a meeting between two Southern Peaks heavy hitters. Sargent and Sanford. Sanford took both games in the doubleheader winning the league clincher in game one 13-7. Then went on to take the second game by a score of 11-10.
The South Park Burros were important come Saturday because they split their series with the Farmers on April 6th. South Park would then relent both games to Sanford on April 27th to give Sanford a one league game advantage entering the meeting with Sargent.
In game one it was evident that both teams wanted the ‘W’ badly. Sanford drew first blood with a rally in the bottom of the first. Thad Jackson got a base knock with loaded bases to score Joshua Holman who was followed in by Max Salazar to make it 2-0 Sanford. Then with loaded bases, Donny Chavez would be hit by a pitch to score Dalton Gartrell for a three-run advantage moving forward.
The Farmers would end the shut out quickly in the second inning. Lead off Frank Torrez got home on a single to left field from Caleb Hsu to get on the board.
And so it would continue, with both teams adding runs one at a time.
Sanford’s Salazar got home on an error at the bottom of the second to make it 4-1. Payton Brown would answer back for the Farmers at the top of the third with a single to left field scoring Braxton Asbell to cut the lead to 2 runs.
In the fourth inning, the Farmers would strike again. Hsu, Omar Aguilera and Asbell would load the bases bringing Sargent’s muscle, Jacob Deacon, to the plate. Deacon added to his team leading RBI numbers with a base clearing dinger down the third base line to give the Farmers the lead for the first time in the game.
The lead was short lived. Sanford would go ahead once again at the bottom of the inning courtesy of runs batted in from Dalton Gartrell, Thad Jackson and Donny Chavez.
A passed ball in the sixth inning scored Asbell inching Sargent closer. But Sanford broke the floodgates at the bottom of the inning to effectively put the game out of reach.
Dalton Gartrell, Joshua Holman, and Thad Jackson would each score two at a time with one for good measure batted in by Jakob Peterson to total a seven-run inning for Sanford.
Sargent had a tall order to fill when they got to work at the top of the seventh trailing 13-6. A sacrifice fly from Eddie Gonzalez would score Hsu but it was also the second out for the Farmers, the third a throw out at first base closing game 1, 13-7.
Chavez got the start for Sanford. He went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out eight.
P Brown was on the pitcher’s mound for Sargent. He surrendered seven runs on eight hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out three. J Deacon threw two and a third innings out of the bullpen.
Sanford racked up 15 hits on the day. Peterson, Jackson, Gartrell, Max Salazar, and Chavez all collected multiple hits for the home team. Gartrell, Jackson, and Peterson each collected three hits to lead the team.
Sargent totaled nine hits in the game. Caleb Hsu and Brown each had multiple hits for Sargent. Hsu led Sargent with three hits in four at bats.
Sanford would also take game 2, snatching the lead late in the game in an 11-10 victory over Sargent on Saturday. The game was tied at seven with Sanford batting in the bottom of the sixth when Brady Blinzinger singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
A four-run lead in the sixth inning was just enough for the home team to hold off Sargent for the victory. Sargent scored three runs on a double in the seventh inning.
Sanford opened up scoring in the second inning, when.
After Sargent scored one run in the top of the fifth, Sanford answered with one of their own. Sanford Indians Varsity then answered when Chase Holman singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run.
Sargent scored three runs in the seventh inning. Sargent scored its runs on a double by P Brown.
Max Salazar led things off on the mound for Sanford. He surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out five.
Eddie Gonzales was on the pitcher’s mound for Sargent. He lasted five and two-thirds innings, allowing 14 hits and 11 runs while striking out two. J Deacon threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Sanford collected 14 hits on the day. Josh Holman, Blinzinger, Salazar, and Holman each managed multiple hits for Sanford Indians Varsity. Blinzinger and Holman each managed three hits to lead Sanford Indians Varsity. Sanford Indians Varsity stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Blinzinger led the way with two.
Sargent collected 11 hits. C Mortensen and Brown all had multiple hits for Sargent.