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Florence Baseball storms past Trenton in final four innings – Trentonian

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TRENTON – Early May seemed like the perfect time to rack up some power points, and both the Florence High and Trenton High varsity baseball teams appeared ready to do so in three innings of their non-league matchup on Wednesday.

Then, with Game 1 tied, the visiting Flashes kicked their game into higher gear and cruised to an 8-1 win.

It was Florence's second straight win and the Tornadoes' second straight loss.

“I follow the power points. “It would have been a big game to win today,” said Trenton sophomore designated hitter Stalin Hernandez. “To do better, we have to be more disciplined and focused.”

Head coach Ariel Rivera's team seemed to have this well under control early in the game, scoring the first run of the game when Janniel Hernandez hit a single off Carmelo Acevedo in the bottom of the first. But in the first four innings, the Tornadoes (4-8) left seven of eight runners in scoring position and were unable to extend their lead.

Although Trenton did a good job early in the second inning getting out of a bases-loaded jam unscathed, things weren't so lucky in the next inning when the Flashes (4-6) tied the score after Zach Sobon's two-out Single, which his twin brother RJ scored

“We just hit the ball…finally. I knew it was going to happen,” Zach Sobon said after he was one of five Florence players with two hits in the game and one of three with two hits, a run scored and a run batted in. “In the second inning when we had the bases loaded with no outs and didn't capitalize on it, that was frustrating. The clutch pressure we had for the rest of the game made it work.”

Head coach Kyle Ballay's club took off from there, scoring two runs in the fourth on an RBI single from Justin Marbach and a sacrifice fly from RJ Sobon. He then scored another run in the fifth when Blake Boss' two-out single beat Josh Pagano and he doubled.

The visitors broke out in the sixth as they sent 10 to the plate and scored four times, the key hits being an RBI triple by Chase Muchowski and an RBI single by winning pitcher Evan Saintz.

“We were behind him the whole time,” Zach Sobon said of Saintz, whom he replaced on the mound with one out in the sixth. “That’s what we had to do, along with the clutch play behind him.”

Sobon would know. Before moving to the mound, he patrolled center field and made five of six consecutive putouts, including four in a row, between the fourth and fifth innings.

The only one of the Tornadoes to have more than one hit against Saintz was left-hander Stalin Hernandez. The No. 9 hitter went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk to get to the plate all three times.

“I just tried to keep everything simple,” Stalin Hernandez said. “I’ll do what they ask me to do and right now I’m hitting the ball well.”

He helped Trenton load the bases in the second inning and reached scoring position again in the fourth inning. The Tornadoes failed to capitalize on those runs or power points, while Florence was more than happy to take advantage.

Florence (4-6) 001 214 0 — 8 14 0

Trenton (4-8) 100,000 0 – 1 8 1

2B: Pagano (F); 3B: Muchowski (F); RBIs: RSobon, Muchowski, Saintz, ZSobon, Boss, Marbach (F), JaHernandez (T).

WP – Saintz (2-1); LP – AdJimenez-Paulino (1-4).

Anna Harden

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