Even though they no longer reside in the same district anymore, that didn’t take anything away from the intensity of Thursday night’s game between neighborhood rivals West Broward and Cypress Bay.
So much so that not even seven innings could decide it as the team’s played into the eighth in a 4-4 tie before the Lightning, thanks to a one-out bases-loaded throwing error by West Broward pitcher Anthony DiFede in the last of the eighth, won it 5-4 to improve their record to 7-2 while the Bobcats fell to 7-2.
“Kind of a crazy ending to an exciting game,” Cypress Bay coach Mike White said. “It was a little frustrating in the sixth and seventh innings with guys on base and not being able to get that winning run home, but I told the kids just find a way to get on base and eventually we’d find a way to win it and we did.”
And it was the Bobcats kicking themselves after the game as DiFede’s throwing error, when he tried to pick off Justen Moronta at third and threw low allowing Moronta to trot home with the winning run, was error No. 6 on the night for his team.
After starting pitchers Mike Schappell for West Broward and Luis Sucre for Cypress Bay went at if for the first four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs apiece, the Bobcats broke through with a three-run fifth. After Evan Stocker led off with a base hit and was sacrificed down to second, he scored on a Jordan Martinez double to the left-field wall.
A Cypress Bay error at third — its only one of the night — and two more fielder choice grounders eventually brought in the other two runs.
By far the biggest moment of the night came in the last of the fifth. Just when it looked like Schappell was about to work his way out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam and preserve his 3-0 lead, disaster struck.
With two outs, Cypress Bay’s Tommy Quintero hit a line shot to first that Evan Stocker successfully fielded. Not sure if he could beat Quintero to the bag, he tossed it to Schappell, who was covering at the last second.
But the pitcher could not handle the high toss, allowing two runs to score.
He then threw a wild pitch that brought Joey Rodriguez home from third to tie the score, allowing Quintero to go down to second. Enzo Clemente singled up the middle to score Quintero, giving the Lightning a 4-3 lead.
The Bobcats battled back in the top of the sixth to tie it.r Richie Garcia drew a leadoff walk, eventually stole second with two outs and scored when Devin Hadley drilled a shot down the left-field line.
“West Broward and Cypress Bay the last few years has been really intense,” White said. “We won the first few years when they were new, but they took it to us the last couple of years, so even though we’re not in the same district this year, you wouldn’t have known it by being out there tonight. It’s your classic neighborhood rivalry, all these kids know each other, and it was a good one tonight.”
WB 000 031 00 – 4 4 6
CB 000 040 01 – 5 6 1
WP: Fitts 1-0; LP: Foreman 0-1. Top performers: WB – Devin Hadley 1-2, RBI; Jordan Martinez 1-3, RBI. CB: Alex Valladarez 2-4, Raul Quintero 2-4
HH 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 10
SH 7 0 4 0 1 - 12 9 0
MON 2 0 1 14 0 — 17 12 0
NE 0 0 0 0 X — 0 0 2
HALL 0 0 0 —0-0-2
SB 9 3 3 —15-6-0
DOU 2 1 1 0 0 0 8 — 12 15 1
TAR 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 — 4 5 3
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