The Bulldogs’ 10-0 win over Discovery of Lake Wales Friday night was much needed redemption after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Wesley Chapel.
Friday night, the Bulldogs’ bats came alive with Bryan Santiago leading the way going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Micah Berrien went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Mason Denmark added two runs and two RBIs. Maddox River added a double and his brother Jaxson Rivera scored three runs.
“It’s a good thing and I thought they were swinging the bats better today,” said head coach Rusty Guynn. “We started like we needed to and refocused after a few innings like got what we needed done.”
Just three days earlier, the Bulldogs bats went silent striking out 18 times against Wesley Chapel’s Anthony Beaton and Zach Showalter. Zephyrhills pitcher Mark Santiago was a force on the mound as well allowing just one hit, but the three unearned runs doomed the Bulldogs.
Against Discovery, Friday night, Bryan Santiago tossed a one-hitter with nine strikeouts in the five innings of work when the game was halted by the 10-run mercy rule.
“A win like tonight boosts morale,” said senior catcher Martin Calhoun. “Striking out 18 times against Wesley Chapel and coming back like this is amazing. We have a tough week next week against Cypress Creek and Hernando. This helps get ready for those opponents.”
The Bulldogs improved the 3-1 on the season and will face Cypress Creek Tuesday at home and Hernando on the road Friday night.
“We have an amazing roster this year,” Calhoun said. “Out of all four years of high school, this is the best team I ever played on. I love everyone on this team. This is the best time ever.”