Two weeks after turning in a solid 5-0 shutout effort on its field, the four-time defending state champion and No. 3 nationally ranked Archbishop McCarthy did a lot more than just turn in a solid effort Friday night when they traveled to district rival Plantation American Heritage.
McCarthy dominated the Patriots en route to a 12-1 mercy-rule six inning victory. And with it, the Mavericks (14-1) clinched first place in the district by improving to 9-0 while Heritage fell to 10-3 and 8-3.
Two one-sided affairs were hardly what anyone expected when district realignments were announced last year and these two powerhouses were placed in the same district, but 17-1 in two games says it all.
“I’m so proud of our boys,” said McCarthy head coach Rick Bielski. “They just work so hard, stay so focused and really try to stay in the moment. Heritage is a great team, a super talented team, and for our boys to come to their place and play the kind of game they did tonight in front of a huge crowd, you just have to take your hat off to them.”
The bottom of the Mavericks’ lineup had 10 hits, and was led by Alex Toral, Ryan Sinzenich and Jake Anchia, who hit six through eight in the lineup and combined to go six for 10 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Two of those three homers belonged to Toral, his third and fourth of the year, as the McCarthy first baseman launched two towering shots over the right field fence, a three-run shot in the fourth and a two-run job in the sixth. The other one came off the bat of Anchia, who sent a third inning two-run shot over the left field fence to give his team a 7-0 lead.
Sinzenich had three doubles, including a two-out, bases loaded gapper to right center in the top of the first which cleared the bases to give his team a 4-0 lead and set the tone for the evening as Heritage went through a total of five pitchers, chasing starter Kyle Perez after the first inning.
“Our motto pretty much is that there’s no Superman on this team,” said Sinzenich when asked about the bottom of the lineup coming through. “It’s just a matter of where everyone just steps up every night and does their job and if we do that, we’re successful.”
McCarthy starter Andres Nunez pitched five innings, giving up six hits and striking out six to move his record to 5-1. His only rough patch was the third inning when Heritage had three hits and scored its only run.
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WP: Nunez 5-1; LP: Perez 0-1. T op performers: AM – Ryan Sinzenich 3-for-3, 3 doubles, 3 RBI; Alex Toral, two HRs, 5 RBI; Jake Anchia 1 HR, two RBI; AH: David Villar, 2-for-3, RBI; Chase Reyes 2-for-2