Benjamin routs Jensen Beach and its crazy uniforms
find n savekudzuauto tradervalpakpalm beach daily newsideabar digital servicesPALM BEACH GARDENS A large group of baseball professionals one jokingly referred to it as for a cocktail party crowded behind the backstop at Benjamin on Wednesday afternoon.
There were 12 major league scouts, five current pro players and three advisors watching two of South Florida top pitching prospects. It was Benjamin junior lefthander Bennett Sousa against Jensen Beach right hander Taylor Blatch, a Florida State signee expected to be a high MLB draft pick in June.
In the first inning, the scouts clocked both pitchers in the low 90s. But seventh ranked Benjamin (1 0) sent everyone home shortly after, tagging Blatch for five runs and beating Jensen 10 0 in five innings.
Sousa (1 0) and his battery mate, senior Brian Dolan, did much of the damage. With one out in the bottom of the first,http://www.cheapnfljerseysfreeshipping.top/ Sousa tagged a 91 mph fastball to left center for an RBI single. Dolan (2 for 3, two doubles, three RBI) followed with a two run double down the left field line.
In the third, Sousa (2 for 3, triple, walk, RBI) mashed a triple to left center. Dolan brought him home with a double to make it 4 0. Paone was 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, helping the Buccaneers put six more runs on Falcons relievers.
Sousa, a 6 foot 3, 185 pound Virginia commit, threw 60 pitches in three innings, allowing two hits and two walks. He struck out five. He gave way to freshman right hander Matt Ellmyer, who closed with two scoreless.
Blatch (5 11, 170) threw 70 pitches over four innings. He allowed five runs on six hits, striking out four and walking two.
The pro players who attended: Miami Steve Cishek and Chris Hatcher, Tampa Bay Sam Fuld and Houston Jack Armstrong, a Jupiter alum. They are friends of Benjamin coach Brian Kaplan.