SEBRING — Elite Plumbing gave it their all in Friday nights Dixie Ozone game against the Firemen, but the Firemen were too much and raced to a 14-2 victory at Max Long. All-State defeated Stewart Construction 13-3 in Friday’s other Ozone game.
Elite Plumbing started the game with a disadvantage. They were a person short but the Firemen filled in and gave them a right fielder.
“The kids showed great sportsmanship today,” said Firemen coach Isaac Martz. “I’m proud of how they played. We showed good progress.”
Firemen got out a huge lead in the bottom of the first. Mykal Batterbee and Landon Baker were both hit by the ball to put runners on first and second. Batterbee stole second and then third. Baker took second on a passed ball.
Mason Price hammered the ball into left field for a ground rule double, allowing Batterbee and Baker to score. Price took third on a passed ball and Ty Martz drew a walk putting runners on first and third.
Keegan White stepped to the plate and hit a rope into left field for a single driving home Price and increasing Firemen’s lead to 3-0. Connor Delaney knocked a ground ball up the middle to center field for a single driving home Martz extending the lead to 4-0.
Case McClelland drew a walk to load the bases. Aston Griffin hit a ground ball into left field for single driving home both White and Delaney for a two-run single to make it 6-0.
In the top of the second Firemen’s pitcher, McClelland, impressively struck out three hitters in a row.
In the bottom of the second, the Firemen increased their lead as Batterbee hit a line drive into left field for a single. Baker struck out, but the ball was dropped and he made it to first. Both Batterbee and Baker advanced on a passed ball putting runners in scoring position.
Price hit a sacrifice fly ball to right-center field that Elite Plumbing’s Azusena Gomez caught in the air. Batterbee tagged up at third and raced home, increasing Firemen’s lead to 7-0. Martz stepped to the plate and hit a ground ball up the middle to center field for a single and advancing Baker to third. Martz stole second putting runners on second and third.
White hit an infield single to score Baker. Delaney drew a walk to load the bases. McClelland also drew a walk to make it 9-0. With bases still loaded, Griffin knocked in another run to make it 10-0.
Bottom of the third the Firemen tacked on a few more runs. Batterbee hit a rope down the third baseline for a double. Baker copied him and hit the ball in the same exact spot driving home Batterbee for an RBI and Baker landed on second. Price hit a line drive to third base where Elite Plumbing’s third baseman Ridge Rego made an incredible stop. Price beat the throw to first and Baker advanced to third. Martz drew a walk to load the bases. White stepped to the plate and drew a walk sending home Baker and giving Firemen the lead of 12-0. McClelland hit a fly ball to left field for a double driving home Price and Martz and making it 14-0.
In the top of the fourth, Elite Plumbing tried to rally. Giovanni Perez drew a walk and then stole second. Hector Perez hit a popup that the pitcher, Delaney, tried to catch but just missed it and both runners would score to account for the final score of 14-2.
“I’m proud of the kids,” said Elite Plumbing Assistant Coach Scott Chapman. “I would say boys, but one of our best players is a girl. I’m very proud of them and all I can ask of them is that they improve each week and that they try their best.
“I think my kids do that. At this point I don’t think we are measured by whether or not we win. I think they are measured by how they get out here and fight despite the odds and they do. I’m proud of them.”
Firemen improved their record to 7-2, while Elite Plumbing is looking for its first win of the season.
Elite Plumbing will face off against Allstate today at Max Long and the Firemen will face Allstate on Tuesday.
Stewart Construction will play against the Elks in tonight’s second Ozone game.