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T-Bred Baseball Wins Again

February 12, 2010
Hialeah Senior High School

Some, specifically those living in northern states and currently under several feet of snow, might consider the game time temperature of 61 degrees downright balmy. To the local gentry at Alex Fernandez Field however the weather was definitely on the nippy side of cool for the final game of the pre season tournament between the visiting American Patriots and the home standing Hialeah T-Breds. Hialeah used a five hit attack, three of them doubles, to stay warm as they defeated the Patriots 8-2 and finish the pre season 2-0.

Junior Andres Barroso took to the hill for the T-Breds. Barroso who when he brings his game has impressively good stuff, was very effective. Utilizing a deceptive curve ball, Barroso surrendered only one hit while striking out four and allowing no earned runs in four innings of work. Left handed senior Josiel Garcia came in from right field and relieved Barroso in the fifth.The southpaw pitched the fifth and sixth innings. Garcia allowed two hits while striking out a like number two. Junior Hector Molina closed out the game pitching the final inning.

After a scoreless top of the first inning the T-Breds went right to work in their half of the frame. Lead off hitter Randy Santiesteban sent a 1-1 pitch to deep center for a double to start the Hialeah first. After Rangel Ravelo was intentionally walked and with one out, shortstop Michael DeJesus grounded into a fielder's choice but by doing so drove Santiesteban home for the first run of the game. American tied the score at one all in the third thanks to an unearned run but the status quo would not last long. Hialeah answered back in the bottom of the frame with a four run inning. With one out Santiesteban was awarded a full count base on balls. Then with two outs, Ravelo, also on a full count, singled to left putting two aboard. DeJesus then doubled to right driving both runners home. The other two runs of the inning came as a result of some sloppy glove work by the Patriots. Catcher Robert Llera popped up to second. The usually routine put out was dropped allowing Llera to reach second and scoring DeJesus. Jhonny McCrea then courtesy running for Llera scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error. Now leading 5-1, the T-Breds never looked back.

Although the forth inning produced no scoring for either side it did mark the debut of T-Bred freshman Nestor Cortes. Coming in defensively in the top of the frame, Cortes took his position in right field. Following a baseball law that seems to govern the universe, "the ball will find the new guy" Cortes had not been on the field two minutes before he was involved in a play. A high fly ball was sent in the direction of right field. As the ball fell into what shall be called "the sea of Cortes" when he's out there, it was firmly grasped in glove the conquistador's namesake for what was the first of what are hoped to be many put outs for the rookie in his T-Bred career.

Leading 5-2, Hialeah put the game away in the sixth sending nine batsmen to the plate for a three run inning. Designated hitter Justin Garcia led the inning off with a double to left in what would oddly be the only hit of the inning. American rather unpatriotically walked four in the inning and hit a batter resulting in Garcia, McCrea and Cody Fulton scoring charity runs. The game ended on a somewhat unorthodox double play. Third baseman Rangel Ravelo who had already turned in a sterling play in the second inning, cleanly handled a ground ball and initiated the around the horn twin killing. Santiesteban at second retired the runner from first but his relay was a bit wide. Llera trailing the batter from his receptor's position very alertly picked up the loose ball behind first and fired a strike to shortstop DeJesus completing the unconventional but never the less effective 5-4-2-6 double play.

Randy Santiesteban led the T-Bred attack going 2-2 with a double, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Michael DeJesus was 1-2 with a double and three RBIs for his trouble.  

Written by Bob Delafe

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