Dylan Carter Leads Miami Springs Past Southridge
Dylan Carter has grown accustomed to pitching in tough venues against the toughest opponents. On Thursday night the Miami Springs senior once again found himself on the hill facing the challenge of a host Southridge team that had yet to lose on the season. Behind Carter’s strong performance on the mound and a spirited comeback in the fifth, the visiting Hawks held on for a 3-2 victory over the Spartans.
Carter allowed two unearned runs over six complete innings, and he finished with six strikeouts. Southridge (4-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on as Alex Vazquez and Anthony Vargas scored in the first. But Carter dug in and delivered a strong outing that kept his team in it the rest of the way.
“It was a great win,” Carter said. “It was a tough challenge facing a 4-0 team on the road, under the lights. My offspeed wasn’t working as good as I would have liked, however my fastball was on and I was keeping everything low. It helped that my defense made plays behind me. We’ve worked, we’re confident and today it showed.”
Orlando Borroto came in and closed the door by striking out the side in the seventh. He also delivered the biggest hit of the night as the Hawks (2-2) rallied back with all three runs in the fifth.
The victory comes at a good time to give Miami Springs some momentum, as the team has five straight district games up next on the schedule.
“We feel good going into our district play,” Hawks manager Julio Mendoza said. “We beat a tough team under tough circumstances tonight. Our boys believe in one another. The outcome of today’s game was the result of confidence and playing together. Those are the key factors for winning important district games.”