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Palmer Trinity Defeats Hialeah In Field Of Dreams Game

Field Of Dreams game hosted at Loan Depot Park between Hialeah and Palmer Trinity.

The Palmer Trinity Falcons (11-7) took on the Hialeah Thoroughbreds (6-8) at Loan Depot Park, home of the Miami Marlins, as they participated in the Field Of Dreams game hosted at the stadium every year. This was a tightly contested game all the way to the last inning, but the Falcons came up with the victory, as they won 4-3.

Jake Pearcy on the hill for Palmer Trinity.

On the mound for the the home team Falcons was junior right-handed pitcher, Jake Pearcy. Pearcy was masterful in his performance as he pitched 5.2 innings, striking out four and only allowing three runs. Pearcy threw 100 pitches, more than half landing for strikes. Jake was locked in for his outing, however he understood some nerves may creep in when pitching in a big league ballpark.

“It’s an indescribable experience even just stepping on this field, so the nerves were there…but it was a great experience and a lot of fun” said Pearcy about getting the start at Loan Depot.

Falcons Manager Howard Cuervo had nothing but the best to say about his starters outing. “He’s been a horse for us all year. He pounded the zone with a good breaking ball and fastball…he deserved to get the W”.

Jake was productive on both sides of the plate as he drew a walk in all three of his plate appearances, and when asked about his approach he said, “I don’t try to do to much at the plate, I just want to get on base to help the team out”.

Andres Williams locked in at the plate.

Falcons center fielder, junior Andres Williams was locked in at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. He too was a bit nervous playing at Loan Depot, but he embraced the moment and made the best of every at bat. He shared his thoughts on not only his performance, but also the experience of getting to play on the same field as those he looks up to. “When we got here, playing at a Major League stadium, the nerves were there, but as the game went on, I knew I had to settle in…I usually like the fastball, and most pitchers like to throw outside fastballs, so I usually sit outside fastballs, and that worked”.

For the Thoroughbreds, senior right-handed pitcher Anthony Garcia took the big league mound for his team. Garcia had a solid performance as well as he went three innings, allowing three runs to score. In to relieve Anthony was sophomore right-handed pitcher Adrian Garcia, who held it down for the Thoroughbreds. Adrian had a stellar outing, as he closed out the remaining three innings, only giving up one hit, and striking out six of the 10 batters he faced. He did not let the pressure of being on a big league field phase him one bit.

Adrian Garcia pitching to keep his team in the game.

Coming into a ball game down one run, and having to keep your opponent from scoring anymore can make almost anyone break out in stress, however when asked about having to come in and perform in that exact situation, Adrian, cool as a cucumber, simply said “I didn’t feel any pressure, it felt like a normal game to me”.

The Field Of Dreams experience at Loan Depot Park is an exciting, and incredible experience that all the player enjoyed. It’s one that they will remember for decades to come, no matter who won or lost. Thoroughbred manager Reggie Rodriguez raved about being able to share this with his boys, “I think it’s amazing. Some of these kids have never even been to Marlin game at all, so just to come out here and play, and get this once in a lifetime chance, man it means a lot. All the work we’ve put in to get here, it was worth it”.

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