Posted: 12:46 pm Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
By Matt Porter
American Heritage is two wins away from its first state baseball title. The Stallions need to beat St. Petersburg Catholic on Wednesday to continue their run. Here’s a preview of the game:
Class 3A state semifinal
American Heritage (21-7) vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (20-9-1)
4 p.m. Wednesday at Digital Domain Park, Port St. Lucie
How Heritage got there: District 13-3A champion. Beat Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian, Summit Christian and Miami-Florida Christian in regionals.
How St. Pete Catholic got there: District 9-3A champion. Beat Sarasota-Out-of-Door, Clearwater-Calvary Christian and King’s Academy in regionals.
About St. Pete Catholic: Beat King’s Academy 3-2 in 10 innings in the regional finals to earn first state appearance since 1975… Win came on an error … Senior Stewart Wilkes, a first-year pitcher who has gone 7-1 with a 1.06 ERA in 59.2 innings, will get the start. The Barons have plenty of pitching depth in Will Gerdes (4-1, 1.19 in 41.1 innings), Anthony Bragano (1.94 in 18 innings), Joey Saunders (4-1, 2.33) and closer Jimmy Lynch.
Heritage’s starting lineup
RF Anfernee Seymour, Jr.
Tons of speed in outfield, batting .322 from leadoff spot
CF Trevor Maloney, Sr.
Team’s best power bat batting .292, great hands and speed
SS Jonathan India, Fr.
.307 average, team-high 13 RBI controls game from shortstop
1B Corey Cohen, Sr.
Playing hurt (knees) all season, but team-high .392 average
3B Connor Power, 8th
As eighth-grader, ready to go as starting third baseman
C Chris Canavan, Fr.
Won confidence of pitching staff, batting .304, 13 RBI
DH Josh Glick, Sr.
Team’s Cy Young Award winner as reliever, also tough hitter
2B Michael Shepard, Sr.
Palm Beach State commit bunts well goes opposite-field well
LF Todd Isaacs, So.
High-octane player runs sub-6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash
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RHP Dylan Arnold, Sr.
Not imposing (6-0, 145), but controls four pitches. 7-3, 1.59
LHP Dylan Silva, Sr.
FSU-bound lefty has explosive fastball. 6-2, 2.48
RHP Peter Castillo, Jr.
Late-inning “bridge guy” is a bulldog with a 2.06 ERA
3B Jon Spada, Sr.
RHP/1B Brett Schneider, Sr.
2B Tyler Frank, Fr.
RHP Alex Feigenbaum, Jr.
C Ronny Smith, So.
OF Brendan Brundage, Fr.
RHP/1B Hunter Bowling, Fr.
2B Lucius Fox, Fr.