The Warriors (7-6) walked 13 batters throughout the course of the game and couldn’t make the big hits to score their runners. The Wildcats (10-3) kept things interesting early and took an early lead despite leaving multiple runners on base.
While trailing 2-0 in the fourth, junior DH Cole Gordon belted home a pair of runs to tie the game on his double and the team added two more in the fifth to give itself a shot to advance to the semi-final late in the game.
However the Warriors’ luck would run out in the sixth, when a hit batter, three four-pitch walks and two fielding errors cost them the lead. They would try to make a comeback in the seventh, but the game ended with runners on second and third base.
The loss ties a program record for most in a season, dating back to 2010 when Steinbrenner was 18-6 at the conclusion of the year. It was the program’s inaugural year.
Cuesta earns win No. 600
Jefferson coach Pop Cuesta joined Steinbrenner’s John Crumbley as the second high school baseball coach in Hillsborough County to reach the 600 win mark.
Cuesta, who has spend over four decades with the Dragons, celebrated the accomplishment with the team and his wife. Interestingly, the milestone came on Old Timers Day.
Tournament co-founder Saladino’s mother dies
Some sad news was passed along to reporters as it was announced that Carmen Saladino, 94-year-old mom of tournament co-founder Tony Saladino Jr., has passed away.
According to several tournament volunteers, Mrs. Saladino had been in hospice care near Brandon High, where the tournament is being held.
Tony Saladino, an only child who started the tournament in 1981 in memory of his dad, left the tournament’s “Old-Timers Day” luncheon Wednesday upon hearing the news.
Jeff Odom / Sports Editor
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