Posted: 12:08 pm Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
By Matt Porter
PORT ST. LUCIE – Summit Christian senior John Costa pitched a complete game and his teammates rallied for a couple big innings, lifting the Saints to a 9-3 win in a Class 1A state semifinal and a date with Miami-Brito in tomorrow’s state title game. See below for an inning-by-inning recap of the action.
Welcome to Digital Domain Park, spring training home of the New York Mets and site of the FHSAA baseball state finals. We’ll be providing updates from today’s Class 1A semifinal between visiting Deltona-Trinity Christian and Summit Christian.
First pitch is set for about 1:30 p.m. We’ll have starting lineups, pitchers and other pregame notes in a bit.
Before that, check out today’s story on Summit, which is facing some financial trouble but focusing on its first baseball state title. Also, here’s a primer for the three local teams playing here – Summit, West Boca Raton and Park Vista.
Beautiful day for baseball – temps in the low-80s, some cloud cover but bright and sunny, with a moderate breeze blowing from left field to right. Summit is in gold jerseys, navy caps and white pants, while Trinity is wearing maroon tops, navy caps and grey pants.
Summit ace John Costa on the mound. Throws his first pitch to the backstop, crossed up with his catcher, John Silviano. Goes 3-0 to the first batter, Trinity’s Matt Wisniewski, before he flies to left on a 3-1 fastball. Trinity pitcher Kenny Burkhead grounds to second. Shortstop Matt Ferreira drew a two-out walk. Summit second baseman Chris Carney made a leaping catch of a liner from Trinity’s Cory Crow. 0-0-0, 1 LOB, 0-0
Trinity right-hander Kenny Burkhead pitching. Gets Summit shortstop Matt Rogers, first pitch, to ground to second. Left fielder Timmy Williams swinging first pitch too, batting lefty. Summit warming junior lefty Sam Murphy in the bullpen. Williams bounces a 3-2 pitch to short and beats out the throw. Silviano flies to left on the first pitch. Sophomore left fielder Anthony Delaney swings through a fastball, gets word of advice from Summit coach John Drouin, and swings through two more. 0-1-0, 1 LOB, 0-0
Costa gets first baseman Danny Moritz to bounce to second. Second baseman Carney makes a nice running catch, ranging to short right to catch a flare off the bat of Trinity catcher Dusty Miller. Gets left fielder Ryan Thompson to strike out. 0-0-0, 0 LOB, 0-0
Summit first baseman Efren Sanchez laces one down the first-base line and looks like he’s got a standup double, but he falls rounding first. DH Franklin Diaz moves him along with a bunt. Carney flies to center, not deep enough to move Sanchez further. Junior right fielder Sam Murphy walks on four pitches, first and second. Senior Tyler Dupont bounces into a force at third. 0-1-0, 2 LOB, 0-0
Costa walks No. 8 batter Nelson Mendez, who moves to second on a groundout by Jeo Tolentino. Leadoff man Matt Wisniewski’s grounds one to first baseman Sanchez, and it sneaks under Sanchez’ glove and into right. Mendez comes around to score. Shortstop Matty Ferreira lines a 3-2 pitch in the gap, doubling in Wisniewski. Center fielder Cory Crow grounds out. 2-1-1, 1 LOB, 2-0 Trinity
Summit’s Williams and Silviano make Trinity’s Crow run, first to the left and then to the right, on two consecutive singles. Delaney strikes out for the second time. Then, Summit gets a huge break — Sanchez hits a soft liner to right field, but Trinity right fielder Thompson freezes. The ball eludes him and gets 20 feet behind him as Williams and Silviano run all the way home. Thompson is replaced by Brooks Dautzenberg. Bizarre play that ties the score. With Diaz at the plate, Trinity’s Burkhead throws his next pitch to the backstop, allowing Sanchez to move to third. Burkhead loses Diaz, putting runners at the corners. All of this action with two out. Carney lines a single up the middle, scoring Sanchez from third, and Diaz races first-to-third. Murphy pops out to third, with plenty of Summit Christian fans vocally hoping for another miscue. Eight batters to the plate, three runs. 3-3-1, 2 LOB, 3-2 Summit
Moritz legs out an 0-2 tapper that bounces in between Costa and Silviano. Summit catches Moritz in a rundown. The throw from first to second beats him, and the tag is barely there. Costa strikes out Miller. Brooks Dautzenberg, the new right fielder, hits a slow roller to short and Rogers rifles a throw to nail him. 0-1-0, 0 LOB, 3-2 Summit
Trinity shortstop Matty Ferreira (2-1, 2.38, 53 SO, 13 BB in 35 regular-season innings) relieves Burkhead on the mound. The right-hander walks Dupont, the No. 9 hitter. Rogers bounces to short, forcing Dupont at second. Rogers steals second, beating a wild throw by several strides. Williams draws a walk. Silviano hammers a liner — the hardest-hit ball of the day, so far — to short left, scoring Rogers and sending Williams to third.
Then Delaney, who struck out in two previous at-bats, makes up for it. He hits a deep drive to the right-center-field gap, scoring Williams and Silviano. The throw from center fielder Crow is on target, but it gets by third baseman Kyle Yoder. On his back after a slide, Delaney gets up, races home and is mobbed by his teammates. Summit leads 7-2.
Trinity brings in 6-foot-7 fireballer Evin Lynch, who reportedly throws in the mid-90s. Summit’s Sanchez makes contact, but his sharp liner tails into the glove of right fielder Dautzenberg for the second out of the inning. Diaz fights off a few hard ones, then pops a curve to short right for the final out. Summit has taken control of the game. 4-2-1, 0 LOB, 7-2 Summit
Trinity’s Mendez lines Costa’s first pitch up the middle for a single, but the next three batters — Tolentino, Wisniewski and Burkett — pop out. 0-1-0, 1 LOB, 7-2 Summit
Summit’s Carney flies to center — side note: every time I write the word “flies,” I once again notice the ridiculous amount love bugs are floating around here — and Murphy reaches on an error at short. Trinity really fighting the ball today. Dupont couldn’t check his swing on strike three. Rogers’ liner to short takes a high hop over the head of the shortstop, sending Murphy to third. Dupont goes into second standing. Williams hits a deep shot to right-center, and Trinity center fielder Crow runs almost to the wall — probably about 90 feet — and makes an overhead basket catch for the third out. If that doesn’t fire up Trinity, nothing will. 0-1-1, 2 LOB, 7-2 Summit
Trinity’s Ferreira doesn’t let his rough stint on the mound affect him — he hits a double over the head of Murphy in right. He’s now 2-2 with two doubles and a walk. Crow’s sacrifice fly to right moves Ferreira to third. First baseman Danny Moritz hits a double past Summit left fielder Delaney, scoring Ferreira. Costa strikes out Miller for the second time. With a 2-1 count, Costa throws two nasty curves in a row to pitcher Evin Lynch, who looks at them both and walks back to the dugout. 1-2-0, 1 LOB, 7-3 Summit
Summit’s Silviano strikes out looking. Delaney, fresh off his triple-and-more last at-bat, hits a slow roller to third that goes under Yoder’s glove for a hit. Sanchez singles between first and second, putting runners on first and second. Sophomore Shane Swanson batting for DH Franklin Diaz. He strikes out waving at some heat from Lynch. The big right-hander bounces a curve to the plate, letting Delaney and Sanchez move to second and third. He bounces another one on 3-2, putting Carney on and loading the bases with two out. Catcher Miller out to the mound after another 40-foot pitch. Lynch throws it again on 3-2, walking Murphy and scoring Delaney. Dupont’s chopper up the middle goes off Lynch’s glove and into no-man’s land between first and second, allowing Sanchez to make it 9-3. Rogers ends the rally with a high pop to left. Two runs, and Summit is three outs away from the state final. 2-3-0, 3 LOB, 9-3 Summit.
Trinity’s Mendez hits a lazy fly that tails away from Summit’s Williams in left, but Williams chases it down near the bullpen. One out. Tolentino, the No. 9 batter, hits one down the line in right and charges into second. Costa punches out Wizniewski with a 2-2 curve. Caught looking. Two out.
Long fly to center, caught, and Summit wins 9-3, advancing to tomorrow’s Class 1A state championship game. Senior John Costa pitches a complete game with five strikeouts, and Summit’s bats plate three in the third and four in the fourth to put it out of reach. 0-1-0, 1 LOB, 9-3 Summit Christian.