On a Little League all-star team loaded with talented players, Eddie Vidal stepped up and made a name for himself on Thursday night, June 27.
With the Miami Springs minors all-stars looking to virtually clinch a No. 1 seed in the north pool hosting North Miami Beach at Prince Field, they did so in impressive fashion, routing NMB 17-0.
And on a night where there were plenty of hits and runs, Vidal stood out as he not only took to the mound as the team’s starting pitcher an fired a four-inning no-hitter, but also hit a towering home run deep over the left center field fence in the second inning.
“We measured it at 235 feet and I’ve been coaching at this level for awhile and that’s about as long a ball as I’ve ever seen hit,” said minors head coach Robert Gonzalez-Pino. “Eddie just had a great night out there both at the plate and on the mound.”
Following lopsided wins over Liberty City and North Miami last weekend, the win over NMB moved Springs to a perfect 3-0 record and at the same time all but clinched the No. 1 seed in the four-team north pool.
And if you want domination, all you need to know is that Springs’ three victories have now come by a combined score of 45-7 and never got past the fourth inning, all ending on the 10-run mercy rule.
Up next will be another matchup with North Miami Beach (0-3) on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at Prince Field. (The game was originally scheduled for July 1 but was rained out).
Even a Springs loss, as unlikely as that would be, would not hurt the locals as even a 3-1 record would still guarantee them a first place finish thanks to head-to-head victories over both Liberty City and North Miami who would be the only two teams that could finish 3-1 with them.
That will set the stage for Friday, July 5 when Springs will host the south pool runnerup which will be a major step up in quality of opponent as the south is considered a stronger pool. (That game was originally scheduled for July 3 but pushed back due to the July 1 game being postponed to July 2).
Homestead, Upper Keys, Kendall 1, Kendall 2 and Doral have been battling down in Key Largo and Springs will likely host either one of the two Kendall teams or Doral on July 3 at Prince Field in the District 8 semifinal contest.
Liberty City and North Miami, the No. 2 and 3 seeds will battle it out on Monday, July 1 to see who gets second place in the north. That winner will travel to Key Largo to take on the south pool first place finisher on July 3 in the other semfinal.
The two semifinal winners will square off in the District 8 championship game on Sunday, July 7 at 1 p.m. The contest was originally slated to be held down in Key Largo but Prince Field will now serve as the host site.