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Maroth tosses six no-hit innings against Orlando; Winter Garden wins fifth straight

Nolan Maroth threw six no-hit innings for Winter Garden as they went on to defeat the Orlando Snappers 3-2 for their fifth straight victory, Sunday night at Lake Highland Prep.

“Everything was working,” said Maroth. “I had a good mix. I threw a mix a lot different than I did previously facing them in my first outing, so going up against them I had to try something new.”

During the game, Maroth allowed two base runners by walk, which were both 3-2 counts. The righty struck out six Snappers and had his curveball dialed in to create the punch outs.

“I was working staying on top to where it’s coming out like a fastball and going exactly where I want it,” said Maroth. “It’s a really good strikeout pitch that I had working.”

The Squeeze gave Maroth an early insurance run in the first. Garrett Rusch (Bellarmine) walked to lead off the ball game. Garrett Byrd (Valdosta State) and Rusch executed a perfect hit-and-run to put runners on the corners with no outs. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Todd Clay (UAB) brought in Rusch from third for the game’s first run. Clay also brought in Rusch in the sixth inning for the second run for the Squeeze.

The Snappers broke up the no-hitter with one away in the seventh, against a new arm in Andrew Furey (Florida Southern). Furey only allowed one other hit in his two total innings of work and gave up one run while striking out two.

Winter Garden tacked on one more in the ninth with heads up base-running from Kyle Kleweno (Allen County CC). Kleweno was standing at second base and John Smith III (South Alabama) was on first. A double-play ball was hit off the bat of Zack Stokes (West Florida), but Stokes was able to hustle down the line to cause the Snappers to hold the baseball. Kleweno never stopped running and headed to home where he got in standing to give Winter Garden a much needed insurance run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Orlando threatened to win the ball game with one swing of the bat. Already plating one run in the inning, the tying-run was at third and the winning-run was right behind at second. In a 1-2 count with two outs, Mark Chapa (Texas A&M Int.) issued a swing and a miss to end the game and notch his third save of the year. With the victory, the Squeeze have won five straight and haven’t lost in ten calendar days.

“Our team’s rolling right now,” said Maroth. “That’s five in a row, so hopefully we keep that train moving.

The win pushes Winter Garden three games above .500 at 12-9 and gives the Squeeze sole possession of second in the league, trailing the DeLand Suns by one game. Winter Garden has a chance to close that gap Monday night when they square off with the Suns at Conrad Park. First pitch Monday at 7 pm EST.

This article first appeared at FloridaLeague.com. It was written by Squeeze Communications Intern, Riley Kelton (Auburn University).

The Winter Garden Squeeze are a wood bat league for college students. The Squeeze are a community-minded, summer collegiate baseball team in Winter Garden, FL. They are proud members of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Est. 2014

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