Jung takes Sarasota past the Braden River
BRADENTON — Returning 14 innings on the mound this season, Sarasota High baseball coach Clyde Metcalf relies on his seniors to provide leadership for his youngsters.
Brandon Jung certainly set the example on Tuesday night.
The senior right-hander pitched a masterful six innings in Braden River High Mariners’ 10-0 shutout at the Pirates home court.
Jung allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
“Really very effective,” Metcalf said of Jung, who threw 77 pitches. “He had good things, but he was very effective with it. It is important for us in the future. That we can continue to get that out of him and hopefully the rest of our guys.
“A really inexperienced pitching team doing a really good job. Today was a great example for all of them.
Winners of three of their last four games, the Sailors (7-4) had 12 hits, the biggest double by Luke Jackson who made it 9-0 in the sixth inning.
Lance Trippel had three hits and hit two runs. Mario Trivella went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Sarasota returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Venice for a district game.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Braden River (3-8) is home to face Bradenton Christian.
• Jung found himself in a jam. In the fourth inning, Braden River charged the bases with a single out of Ryan Kaitz and Lexman Pirela and a walk to Andrew Lordland, the only walk he allowed. Jung then got a strikeout and grounder to short-range Trivella, who made the play smooth first.
“I walked into this jam and wanted to keep a cool head,” Jung said. “I think my defense behind me is excellent. I didn’t have to worry about anything. It worked. We got that third out and no run.
“He didn’t get caught up in the moment,” Metcalf said. “He just came back and did his job.”
• The Sailors took advantage of everything the Pirates gave them. In the first inning, Braden River failed to cover a sack and Rocco Depastino followed with a single. In the third, the Pirates made a mistake on a replay play and Trippel made them pay with an RBI hit. A pop-up fell between three Braden River players in the sixth before Jackson cleared the bases with a shot toward the left field fence.
“We’ve done a good job of that,” Metcalf said. “We lost close games, but certainly not because of a lack of effort. These children have worked hard. They work hard to play baseball as a team. As soon as we had the opportunity, we took advantage of it. »
• Jung’s credits not only threw his curve ball for strikes, but also threw it just wide of home plate when he wanted to.
“My curveball was definitely a lot stronger than my fastball,” he said. “My fastball was very strong, but today I could control my curveball. I was able to throw it for a strike. If I wanted to throw it a bit out of the zone, I was able to do that.
Braden River Takeaway
• The attacking setbacks continued for the Pirates, who were shut out for the sixth time this season. They were outscored 66-28.
“We had times where we hit balls hard on some guys and it’s tough as a hitter,” Braden River coach Zack Solly said. “We just have to be ready to strike. We took a lot of pitches tonight, we fell behind in the count against a really good pitcher and it’s hard to hit like that against a really good pitcher. The big problem is our mentality. We have to focus on our mentality when we get up there and get pitches that we can handle. It was one of those difficult things. But we have to keep working because it will come.
• Braden River had won two of their last three games before Tuesday.
“They swung the bats. They played a very good defense. Their pitcher pitched very well on the mound. They played a really good game,” Solly said of Sarasota. “Their hitters were ready to strike. They don’t lack land. They want to hit the ball hard and they did.
• Nathan Hauck hit a two-out single in the seventh inning, extending the game.
Away 7, Cardinal Mooney 4
BEST PLAYERS: ODA, Logan Tribble (2-2, 2G, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Giovanni Guiliani (2-4, 2G, RBI), Jack Hobson (1-4, 3 RBI); CM, Will Zerega (2-3, rush), Paddy Hebda (1-2, 2 RBIs)
LAUNCH: ODA, Luke Geske (4.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 earned, 2 walks, 3 Ks)
TO NOTE: Cougars took the lead with three runs in the seventh. …Jack Hobson made it in the bottom of the seventh with a 3-run homer
FOLLOWING: Mooney at North Port Imagine Thursday 7:00
Saint-Etienne 3, South-East 2
AT: South East
BEST PLAYERS: SS, Ben Kostas (2-4, running, RBI), Gabriel Conn (2-4), Christian Rowell (2-4, 2 2B, RBI); SE, Keyan Thorne (1-3, 2B, race)
LAUNCH: SS, Luke Donley (4 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 Ks), Cade Walters (3 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks); SE, Lucio Sanchez (7 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned, 3 walks, 8 Ks)
Inspiration Academy 1, Lemon Bay 0
AT: Palma Sola Park
BEST PLAYERS: LB, Taylor Jones (2-3)
LAUNCH: LB, Ella Kraszewski (6 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 Ks)
St. Stephens 6, Venice 1
SIMPLE – Jake Pettingell (SS) beats Charlie Siddons (VHS) 6-2, 6-0; Max Pettingell (SS) beats Seth Neitlich (VHS) 6-3, 6-2; Arvind Rajeev (VHS) beats Ricardo Perrazolo (SS) 0-6, 1-2 ret injury; Guy Dalzell (SS) beats Pranav Mayor (VHS) 6-4, 6-2; Meng Zhao (SS) beats Evan Van Buskirk (VHS) 6-0, 6-1
DOUBLE – Jake Pettingell & Max Pettingell (SS) beat Charlie Siddons & Seth Neitlich (VHS) 4-2, 4-0; Guy Dalzell and Meng Zhao (SS) beat Pranav Mayor and Evan Van Buskirk (VHS) 5-3, 4-0
DISK: Saint Stephens (7-0), Venice (9-3)
FOLLOWING: Riverview to Saint Stephen’s Thursday; Port Nord in Venice on Wednesday
Lemon Bay 6, Sebring 1
AT: Lemon Berry
SIMPLE – Stevie Ethier (LB) def. Elijah D. (S) 6-0, 6-0; Hunter Andres (LB) def. Vivek K. (S) 6-0, 6-2; Billy Rand (LB) def. Kartik A. (S) 6-0, 6-0; Gray Lowder (LB) defeated. Brady S. (S) 6-0, 6-0; Sammy S. (S) def. Logan McGinty (LB) 6-3, 3-6, (10-8)
DOUBLE – Ethier / Andres (LB) def. Elijah D. / Kartik A. (S) 8-0; Lowder/Rand (LB) def. Vivek K. / Brady S. (S) 8-1
DISK: Lemon Berry (9-0)
FOLLOWING: Port Charlotte to Lemon Bay Thursday
Lemon Bay 7, Sebring 0
AT: Lemon Berry
SIMPLE – Jordan Shirley (LB) def. Reagan Lenihan (H) 6-0, 6-4; Marie L’Abbe (LB) defeated. Alayna Myhre (S) 6-0, 6-0; Parker Zautcke (LB) beats. Aly Smyth (S) 6-1, 6-0; Rosey Lowder (LB) defeats. Haley Waltman (S) 6-3, 5-7, 10-4; Avery Shirley (LB) def. Isabelle Guerra (S) 8-1
DOUBLE – J. Shirley/L’Abbe (LB) def. Lenihan/Waltman (H) 8-2; Lowder/A. Shirley (LB) beats. Myhre/Smyth 8-3
RECORDS: Lemon Bay (9-1), Sebring (8-2)
FOLLOWING: Port Charlotte to Lemon Bay Thursday
Venice 6, Saint-Etienne 1
SIMPLE – Nicole Cierniak (V) def. Maria Petrova…6-1, 6-1; Nika DeLong (V) defeats. Ella Dalzell…6-3, 7-5; Mikayla Faure (V) beats. Mia Ferdinand…6-0, 6-0; Christine Wu (V) def. Safiya Jelombaeva…6-1, 6-0; Sophia Ierulli (SS) def. Adela Piskor…6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 10-7
DOUBLE – Cierniak/Faure (V) beat. Petrova/Dalzell…4-0, 4-0; DeLong/Wu (V) beats. Ferdinand/Jelombaeva…4-1, 4-0
RECORDS: Venice (11-1), St. Stephens (4-3)
FOLLOWING: Sarasota to Venice on Thursday
Cardinal Mooney 5, Christian Sarasota 0
Cardinal Mooney results: Jordyn Byrd / Sawyer DeYoung: 21-17, 21-17; Helena Hebda/Madeline Carson: 21-11, 21-12; Gracie Page/Mckenzie Baird: 21-10, 21-12
Riley Greene/Lauren Burd: 21-12, 21-6; Izzy Russell / Kat Moore: 21-13, 21-3
Piper Carson/Ella Shuel: 21-13; Sam Kotasek/Kate Montesano: 21-17
RECORD: Cardinal Mooney (9-0)
NEXT: Cardinal Mooney vs. Riverview, 4 p.m. Monday
St. Stephen’s 13, Riverview 8
AT: Saint Etienne
TOP PLAYERS: RV, Caroline Steinwachs (4 goals, 5 draw checks, 2 ground balls), Susan Lowther (3 goals, assists, 4 draw checks)
GOALKEEPER:R, Mia Rey (16 saves-55%)
DISK: Riverview (7-4)
FOLLOWING: Canterbury at Riverview, 5.30pm Thursday
Dennis Maffezzoli is Associate Sports Editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Chief Reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and HTpreps covering Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Support local journalism by subscribing.