Madera Fans Eight As Westland Hialeah Shuts Out Miami High
Coming off the best season in the school’s young history in 2016 which included a the program’s first district title and a trip to the Class 8A state semifinal, Westland Hialeah carried their winning ways into 2017 in earning a 7-0 win over Miami High in the Dave Westberry Classic at Southwest Miami.
Junior right-handed pitcher Kevin Madera led the way for the undefeated Wildcats (2-0), tossing eight strikeouts in five innings pitched to earn the impressive shutout win over the Stingarees (0-3). Madera got off to a stellar start, striking out the side in the first and retiring the first seven Miami hitters before Michael Cantillano singled to right in the third inning.
The Westland Hialeah bats also got rolling early, scoring two runs in the second inning. After Rolando Martinez reached base on an error to lead off the inning, Jose Sosa took advantage, belting an RBI double on the first pitch he saw. With Andy Flores at the plate, Sosa advanced to third on a passed ball before Flores hit a hard ground ball to left field on 2-1 pitch for an RBI single.
The Wildcats struck again in the top of the fourth, scoring three more runs in the inning. With two outs and Ronaldo Martinez on second base after a walk and a stolen base, Michael Uz hit an RBI single to left field. After Emmanuel Rodriguez was hit by pitch, Westland’s Evander Hernandez made Miami pay, hitting a two-RBI single to left that boosted the Wildcats lead to 5-0.
Miami’s most productive inning came in the bottom of the fifth, when two men reached base on two walks. However, the Wildcats ended the threat when catcher Jorge Diaz caught a runner stealing third with two outs to end the inning.
After Madera was pulled in the fifth, the Wildcats tacked on two more runs for good measure in the sixth and seventh inning.
Hernandez finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a double. Uz finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs and a double while Ronaldo Martinez went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk.
Roger Hernandez went 2-for-3 at the plate for Miami. Ivan Rivera pitched four innnings, allowing six hits, four earned runs and recording four strikeouts in the loss.