Green Wave advance to semifinals
May 4, 2011Father Lopez Catholic High Sch
Pitching leads Wave to win By BRENT WORONOFF
ORLANDO -- Former major league pitcher Nick Regilio was around for Father Lopez's glory days in the 1990s. As the Green Wave's first-year head coach, he hopes to see them become a state baseball power once again.
Tuesday night was a good start, as Ian Farrell and Danny Aviles combined on a five-hitter to lead the Wave to their first regional playoff victory in 11 years, 3-1 over Orlando First Academy.
"I'm so proud of these guys," Regilio said. "They haven't liked me every day, but they've put their noses to the grindstone, and now they're having success. And, for me, it's great to see."
Alex Fedorovich hit an RBI double and scored two runs for the Wave (11-13), who play Friday at Maitland Orangewood Christian in a Class 2A regional semifinal game. Orangewood defeated Orlando Trinity Prep 8-7 on Tuesday.
Farrell (4-4), a sophomore right-hander, threw five scoreless innings before giving way to Aviles, who gave up an RBI double to UCF recruit Jo Jo Woods in the sixth but struck out six batters in two innings to secure the victory.
"I knew it would be a good game," said First Academy coach Darrell Don, whose Royals fell to 20-8. "They did a good job of keeping us off-balanced."
Farrell and First Academy left-hander Foster Griffin were locked in a pitching duel for four innings before Lopez scored the first run of the game in the fifth.
Griffin loaded the bases on a fielder's choice, a hit batsman and a walk before reliever Thomas Headley walked Zack Hawk to allow Fedorovich to score.
Lopez added two more runs against Headley in the sixth on singles by Tommy Roache and Brad Hampton sandwiched around Fedorovich's double to left center.
"That one inning when they scored two runs changed the whole complexion of the game," Don said.
Farrell struck out six, allowed three hits and three walks and helped himself by getting out of the first and second innings by picking off runners, and then starting a double play to end the fourth.
"He mixed up his pitches well and kept the ball down," Regilio said of Farrell. "He's a mature kid for his age, which is why he got the start. It was our plan all along that if we could get Ian through five, we'd come with Danny for the sixth and seventh."
Father Lopez 3, First Academy 1
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Farrell (W, 4-4), Aviles (6) and Hawk. Griffin (L), Headley (5) and Martin. 2B -- Fedorovich (FL); Woods (FA), Helgeson (FA). 3B -- Hampton (FL). Records--Father Lopez 11-13, First Academy 20-8