Diaz Pitches Complete Game as Braddock Defeats Sunset
The Braddock Bulldogs (4-5) defended their home turf on Thursday as they put up 16 runs to defeat the visiting Sunset Knights (7-2).
Class of 2025 right-handed pitcher Miguel Diaz shined as bright as the hot Miami sun in his outing for the Bulldogs. Diaz had a stellar performance as he pitched a complete game giving up only one earned run, striking out four and walking two in order to lead his team to victory. He threw a complete game.
“I felt good. I struggled in the first inning with the 2 walks, but I stuck the next batter out to end the inning, and after that I felt great, I was hitting my spots…so I felt good through out the game,” said Diaz after the when asked about his performance.
Behind Diaz’ day on the mound was a Bulldogs offense that was hot. The Bulldogs had nine hits in the game, with 14 RBIs to go along with it. Five Bulldogs hitters had at least one RBI, led by senior Aidan Correa, who went 3-for-3 with six RBIs. From the moment he stepped into the batters box, Correa was feeling confident about his approach.
“That’s the key to hitting, you have to go up with confidence,” said Aidan. “It was just one of those day where you see the ball well, and things go your way, just one of those day where things go well”
With the win over the Knights, the Bulldogs managed to end their small two game losing streak. Manager Wesley Morejon was happy to see an improvement from the bats of his guys.
“We had some timely hitting today, which we haven’t had to much of early this season. We’ve struggled on the road, so they mus feel more comfortable here at home… glad to see some guys come though with two outs, that really opened up the game for us,” said manager Morejon when reflecting on the win.
It was a tough day on the mound for the Knights, but there was a silver lining at the plate. Senior Andres Gonzalez hit a late home run for Sunset.
“I’m usually just looking for a fastball, and I like to hit in hitters counts, positive counts, and so I got a hold of a fastball and I hit it,” said Gonzalez.
Despite the loss, the Knights have had a strong start to the season. Sunset has already doubled the amount of win they’ve tallied in the last three season, and only nine games have been played. However Manager Julio Mendoza was still critical of his teams efforts.
“You’re not gonna win when you give up free bases, it’s hard to dig out of that hole,” said Mendoza.
Sunset hopes to bounce back as they take on the Nova Titans to kick off the HSBN March Madness Shootout spring break tournament.
Braddock will face off against the Key West Conchs in their next match-up.