Westminster Christian Rallies Back To Top American Heritage
Tuesday’s cross-county matchup between Westminster Christian and American Heritage is further proof that no lead is safe in high school baseball. Trailing 4-0 after the second inning, the Warriors tied the game in the third and went on to score 10 unanswered runs on the way to a 10-4 win over the Patriots in Miami.
Westminster Christian (4-1) starting pitcher Dylan Cloonan pitched four innings, allowing four runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six to earn the win.
American Heritage (2-1) jumped out early with an impressive display of power, hitting three home runs, including back-to-back shots, in the second inning. Travis Holt led off and took the first pitch he saw deep to center field for a solo home run. Santiago Garavito followed up and took a 3-2 pitch over the center field fence. Four batters later, Alfonso Guillen scored Justin Connell on a two-run homer to right to put the Patriots ahead 4-0.
Despite the second inning struggles, Cloonan led the comeback charge in the third. Trailing the Patriots 4-1 with two runners on, Cloonan hit a pitch over the left field fence to tie the game back at four runs. Cloonan finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs.
The Warriors tacked on another run in the fourth to take the lead before scoring five runs in the fifth inning. Luis Aviles capped the bottom of the fifth by hitting a 3-2 pitch to right for a two-run home run. He finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored.
Jamar Fairweather was lights out in relief. In three innings he allowed no runs, two hits, one walk and struck out two to earn the save.
Cory Acton went 3-for-4 for American Heritage. Christian Santana took the loss. He pitched three and two-third innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.