Posted: 5:16 pm Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Aces unleashed to start 9-6A district 

By Post Staff

As expected, most of the teams in 9-6A wasted no time throwing their aces to start the district tournament because the competition was so tough, they couldn’t afford to save anyone.

Boca Raton and Santaluces had outstanding performances from their aces as the Bobcats won 2-0. The two runs were solo home runs off Kyle Smith who otherwise only allowed one other hit while striking out 13 in a complete game effort.

The Bobcats also went with their ace, Alex Gonzalez, who matched Smith’s complete game and struck out 10.

That set up tonight’s match up between No. 2 pitchers for Boca Raton and Park Vista in the first semifinal. Boca Raton is likely to use Nathan Carter and Park Vista will likely throw Curt Copeland, who were both solid No. 2’s this season. Park Vista used its ace Brad Gero in its quarterfinal against Palm Beach Gardens. The Cobras had a late rally to beat the Gators 4-3.

Royal Palm Beach beat Jupiter 6-4 but it wasn’t necessarily the game that you thought you were going to see. The Wildcats threw Austin Perez but Jupiter got 10 off of him, including a 2-run home run. Perez actually sparked his team with a home run, his first of the season. And Jupiter tried to hold off on using Calvin Greener, but had to put him in during the second inning because Royal Palm Beach scored four runs off Patrick Perrelli.

But because Perez went the distance and had just over 100 pitches, that leaves the Wildcats to face the winner of Atlantic/Palm Beach Central with a committee of pitchers as they don’t have a clear No. 2. That approach was good enough to beat Boca Raton late in the season and the Wildcats hit the ball as well as they have all season against Jupiter.

Atlantic beat Seminole Ridge in the play-in game without its top pitcher, Nick Garito, who is pitching against Palm Beach Central right now. Palm Beach Central opted for Mitch Blakeney on the mound against Atlantic and if the Broncos win this game, that means Royal Palm Beach will get their ace Bobby Poyner in tomorrow’s semifinal. And if Atlantic wins, it’ll be their No. 3 pitcher against the Wildcats’ committee.