News-Sun phto by CAITLIN BRYNER Wyatt Johnson had one of the few Sebring hits in Tuesday's loss to visiting Winter Haven.
published: Friday, April 12, 2013
Streaks stopped by Blue Devils
By TAYLOR TUBBS
SEBRING- It can be difficult to play a team that you have already lost to in the past, and Sebring faced this difficulty on Tuesday night at Firemen's Field against Winter Haven.
This high-pressure game had a lot at stake, as Winter Haven is the top seed in the district, just one game in front on Sebring.
Perhaps the pressure got to the Streaks, as they fell in a disappointing 7-0 loss to the visiting Blue Devils.
"They're a good team," said head coach Buck Rapp. "Hopefully we get to see them again in the district championship."
In the top of the first Sebring's Jonathan Struck took to the mound.
And though the first Blue Devil walked, Struck struck out the next two hitters.
Meanwhile the runner on first had managed to steal two bases to advance to third, and on a single to left he was able to make the sprint home to give Winter Haven the first score of the night.
In Sebring's half of the first, Wyatt Johnson reached on a one-out single to left, but after the second out, would get forced at second to retire the side.
Winter Haven climbed up the scoreboard again in the second with an additional run.
The first three batters got on base to load them with no outs.
A grounder was hit to second where the runner was tagged, and another runner was tagged at home after the runner before him was able to run in, making to score 2-0.
Brad Doty soon caught a fly to center to end the top half.
The Streaks were not able to get much done in the second, as each of the first three batters hits were caught.
Winter Haven once again tacked onto their lead in the third.
Two Blue Devils got on base from errors and a hit to center field brought one of them home for another Devil run, giving them a 3-0 advantage.
Only one Sebring batter, Doty, got on base in the third after a grounder past third.
He stole second base, but the other hitters were unable to bring him home.
Winter Haven really added onto their lead in the fourth inning.
Three batters got on base via walks and a hit batter, but Struck recovered to strike out the following hitter.
A bunt near second was thrown to first where an error was made, allowing all three runners to come home, and giving Winter Haven a substantial 6-0 lead.
In the bottom half, Lovett hit a single towards short, followed by another single through the left side by Garrett DeRoss.
Jimmy Peck got on base from a walk, but once again they were unable to be brought home.
In the remaining three innings the Sebring defense was able to hold off Winter Haven to only one more run, but the hitters were unable to make any dents in the lead.
"We just didn't hit very well," said Rapp. "That was one of the biggest problems."
Sebring, however, will more than likely have a chance to take on Winter Haven again, and coach Rapp still sees hope.
"We know these guys better now. We know their good hitters and we know their pitchers," he said. "It's hard to beat a team three times in a row. We have a chance."
Sebring travels to Lake Gibson tonight to take on their district rivals and close out the District 9-6A regular season schedule.
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