After getting out of a jam in the first inning escaping with just two runs scored, sophomore Matthew Hernandez and the Homestead Broncos had trouble getting out of the second.
The Coral Reef Barracudas sent 19 batters to the plate and scored 13 runs in the second on its way to a 17-0 win over Homestead in a game that was called after four innings due to the mercy rule.
“They just gave us too many extra at-bats,” Coral Reef head coach Chris Leon said. “You’ve got to make three outs in one inning and they had to make about eight and when you put the ball in play, play hard, and play the right way sometimes you get a crack at it.”
The Barracudas (9-8) had five hits in the inning, drew six walks, had three batters hit, and took advantage of two errors with Hernandez on the mound before freshman Riley Rodriguez relieved him to get the final two outs of the inning.
“The inning just went on forever,” Homestead head coach Bruce Berman said. “It seemed like a snowball effect. Everything that could go bad went bad.”
Junior Michael Ogden led the Barracudas’ charge with four hits, including a triple, and five RBIs.
“I felt good,” Ogden said. “I was getting good barrel and I hope to
continue that in the next couple of games.”
Junior Rudy Rodriguez, junior Vinny Becking, and senior Thomas Acevedo each drove in two runs as nine different Barracudas combined for 12 hits.
“I think we did what we came to do,” Ogden said. “We came to take care of business.”
Junior Matthew Hamburg (2-2) pitched four innings allowing three hits and walking one while striking out six for the Barracudas. He threw 37 of his 60 pitches for strikes.
“We came out here expecting to win,” Leon said. “It’s good to see, but at the same time we’ve got to play like that when we play better opponents.”
Junior Rowan Grafals, junior Christian Ocasio, and senior Matthew Garza each had a hit for the Broncos, who dropped to 1-18.
“It’s been a long year,” Berman said. “It seems every game we have one inning where we just kind of fall apart, but we battle back. We don’t quit.”
Despite the lopsided result, Leon was complimentary of Berman’s team.
“I applaud Bruce for what he has,” Leon said. “He goes out there every day. His field looks great. His boys play hard. It’s just when you lack talent sometimes it’s hard.”
Coral Reef 17, Homestead 0
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