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Squeeze notch second straight mercy rule victory; win seventh straight

The Winter Garden Squeeze notched their second straight mercy rule victory to extend their win streak to seven, after beating the Sanford River Rats 11-2 Tuesday afternoon in Sanford.

“The Squeeze are hot, that’s all I got to say,” said Tripp Landers (Florida SouthWestern). “None of this would be possible without God.”

Micah Takac (Mercer) gave the Squeeze another outstanding outing on the mound to notch his fourth win of the campaign. Takac allowed his fewest hits in a contest this season with just three in five innings of work, letting up just the one run.

“I threw strikes and got ahead, not letting them get comfortable in the box and locating when I needed to,” said Takac. “That’s really all I tried to do and it worked.”

The Squeeze gave Takac an insurance run before he even stepped on the mound, thanks to an RBI single from John Smith III (South Alabama). Smith III had an excellent day at the plate going two for three with a walk, knocking in three. Smith III has only played three games with Winter Garden this year after playing with the team last summer. In those three games, Smith III is five for nine with six RBI, a double, a home run and six walks.

“I’m really just going up there and swinging the bat and putting it in play, doing the best I can,” said Smith III. “I haven’t played since May, but I guess I’m on fire.”

Although Smith III has been around for the week, the chemistry created from last season has seemingly carried over to this summer as it feels like Smith III has been around all summer.

“I love them all,” said Smith III. “We all get along and we are just a team. Todd Clay (UAB), he’s a dog and I just really love them all.”

Clay and Smith III spent the past two seasons together at Pensacola State, as well as last summer in Winter Garden.

Heading into the fifth with a 3-1 lead, Winter garden blew the game open with a four-run inning. Titan Kamaka (undecided) hit a sacrifice-fly, which was followed by a bases-loaded walk to Smith III. Garrett Byrd (Valdosta State) came across on a wild pitch before Zack Stokes (West Florida) hit a sacrifice-fly to cap the inning.

The Squeeze picked right back up in the next inning, knocking in three more runs. All three runs came off a bases-clearing triple from Kamaka. The triple was Kamaka’s third of the year and his four RBIs pushed him to the top of the league with 23.

The Squeeze brought in the final run of the game off a single from Jacob Delano (Lake Sumter) that plated Issac Stanwick (Texas A&M Int.). Stanwick led the inning off with a double down the first base line.

The Squeeze get a day off before heading to Leesburg for a Fourth of July showdown with the Lightning. After the conclusion of the game Thursday, Pat Thomas Stadium will host a firework show to celebrate Independence Day. First pitch Friday 5pm 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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