Posted: 2:05 am Sunday, March 14th, 2010
By Post Staff
Palm Beach Central’s baseball team started the season 1-3 but has won six straight including a pair of big wins on Saturday over Timber Creek from Orlando and district opponent Park Vista. The more dramatic of the two came earlier in the day when the Broncos were down 7-0 to Timber Creek, then 10-3, then scored 10 runs in the sixth inning – including a grand slam from Alex Hernandez – to win 13-10. A few hours later, they dominated Park Vista 8-2.
So how did the Broncos have enough to beat Park Vista after that monstrous effort against Timber Creek?
“We went out and got some Cuban coffee,” Hernandez said. “We could play another game right now. It was all sugar and then we came out here and we went crazy.”
Copious amounts of caffeine aside, the Broncos have been playing some very good baseball lately. Coach Scott Benedict said the players thought they were better than they were to start the season and it tripped them up. But the slow start forced them to be more focused in practice and that’s translating into wins.
“I think we have a lot of young kids that haven’t been in the program and played on the varsity level and now we’re at the point where we’re playing as a team and playing together when you do that you’re going to win,” Hernandez said.
In addition to Bobby Poyner’s performance on the mound Saturday (6 IP, 10 Ks, 1 BB, 4H), the Broncos also had a few ridiculous defensive plays. First baseman Brady Roberson had two big catches on fly outs, including one where he went into foul territory alongside the first base line and had to dive backward to make the catch, basically belly-flopping onto the grass. Hernandez, playing at short, robbed Peyton Walsh of a base hit, spinning around to make a throw to get the out at first. And Brett Koskan made a diving catch in centerfield to prevent a hit.
“We’ve come together as a team,” Poyner said. “And hopefully we can keep it going.”