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Baseball vs Coral Park on 3/19/10
March 22, 2010Hialeah Senior High School
It felt strange. Everyone standing at attention during the playing of the national anthem facing a flag pole with no flag. Seems a mechanism failure had prevented the hoisting of the Stars and Stripes. As a consolation everyone at Alex Fernandez Field for the district game between the visiting Coral Park Rams and the home standing Hialeah T-Breds witnessed a military fly by. A low flying Coast Guard jet buzzed directly over the park right past where Old Glory should have been as the Star Spangled Banner was rendered. Getting earthbound and down to business afterwards, the T-Breds withstood an early Ram threat, took control of the game and came out with a 5-0 victory. Junior Randy Lopez went six innings allowing three hits, only one after the first inning and struck out four. The right hander raised his record to 2-3. Hialeah improved its overall mark to 7-4 and 5-1 in district with the win.
This was the first home game of 2010 for the T-Breds played in daylight savings time. As a result the the first pitch thrown by Lopez at 7:12 pm was in sunlight. The Coral Park lead off batter sent that first offering of the game against the fence in left field for a lead off first pitch double. The second Ram batter lined a 1-1 pitch into center field for a base hit. The runner from second rounded third and was sent home. Hialeah center fielder Cody Fulton played the bounce of the ball perfectly and fired perhaps the best strike of the game homeward on one bounce into the waiting mitt of catcher Robert Llera. What at first had appeared to be an opening run for the Rams turned out to be not a close play at the plate for the first out of the inning. Two fly outs ended the early threat. It would be as close as Coral Park would come.
Taking their turn at the bat in the first inning lead off hitter and third baseman Rangel Ravelo was awarded a base on balls. The next batsman, second baseman Randy Santiesteban hit a sharp grounder to third. A tailor made double play. Things in this game were not as they would first appear however. The relay from third was muffed by the Rams second baseman putting runners on the corners with no outs. After Santiesteban was caught stealing, shortstop Michael DeJesus singled to right bringing Ravelo home for the game's first run. The base hit by DeJesus turned into three bases as the ball was mishandled in right field putting DeJesus on third thanks to the second error of the inning. First baseman Justin Garcia then lined a 0-1 pitch into center with two outs driving DeJesus in. As the golden luminous turned into twilight's last gleaming and nighttime fell, the T-Breds led 2-0 after one. A lead they would never relinquish.
Hialeah took a window of opportunity offered by the Rams in the third and made the most of it scoring three runs only one of which was earned. DeJesus leading the inning off went after at a 2-1 pitch sending a high arch upwards and outbound into the Hialeah night. The spheroid left the confines of Alex Fernandez Field at its deepest point in right center. This was the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air that Francis Scott Key had written about. The home run, the first of the season for DeJesus, made it a 3-0 Hialeah lead at that point. DeJesus had quite an evening going 3-4 with a double to compliment the round tripper, two runs and two RBIs. The T-Breds were not quite done with the inning though. They had only begun to fight. The home run by DeJesus chased the Ram starter from the hill. The T-Breds greeted his relief sending eight more batters to the plate batting around in the inning. Following DeJesus, Llera was awarded a base on balls. He was courtesy run for by Rodney Woodberry. Justin Garcia then singled to center. Garcia had himself a 3-4 game. Right fielder Josiel Garcia followed and laid down a well executed bunt on the first pitch he saw. The sacrifice put runners on second and third. Designated hitter Sergio Gonzalez was then intentionally walked loading the bases. The move somewhat backfired as the next batsman, left fielder Alvino Burrola grounded into a fielder's choice forcing Woodberry at the plate but an errant throw allowed Justin Garcia to score. Gonzalez who had received the intentional free pass would himself score on the second Ram miscue of the inning. In all the T-Breds took full advantage of Coral Park hospitality scoring four unearned runs from four errors.
Leading 5-0 Andres Barroso came in from the bull pen and up onto the hill to close the game. Barroso pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning striking out two on ten pitches. He combined with starter Lopez for Hialeah's second shut out of the season.