Lutz- A matter of feet made the difference in Tuesday night’s match-up between Steinbrenner (3-0) and Sickles (2-1) as the Warriors took home a 1-0 victory in an intense pitching duel.
“They were a great team and they had some great pitching” said senior Brennan Garcia.
Garcia took the mound Tuesday expecting a tougher game than the previous two. The Warriors were held to three hits, four walks, and a lone RBI from senior Cole Gordon, who in the bottom of the sixth inning smoked a ball to deep right center field.
“He (Sickles pitcher, Shane Haight) got me twice and I just needed to make some adjustments” said Gordon. “Baseball is a game of failure. We came out here and struggled but came out with the (Win).”
Before the offensive opportunity presented itself, Steinbrenner had to keep Sickles in check. Garcia struck out eight batters, walked one, and gave up only one hit. But, Sickles would have had a walk in the park if it wasn’t for senior left fielder, Alex Hanson. He caught four deep fly balls, including one just feet before clearing the fence.
“I was just trying to help (Garcia) out tonight” said Hanson. “I was just trying to make the catches while denying those extra base hits.”
Steinbrenner will play district rival, Wiregrass Ranch on Friday night at 7.
Evan Abramson / Senior Staff Writer