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Squeeze struggle defensively in 7-5 loss to Leesburg

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

The Winter Garden Squeeze fell behind the Leesburg Lightning in the second inning and trailed for the rest of the game in a 7-5 loss Thursday Night at West Orange High School.

For Winter Garden, they committed four errors in the first two frames which allowed two unearned runs to cross during Tommy Groom’s (North Florida) outing. The Squeeze entered the game with the league’s worst fielding percentage. Groom went four innings giving up three earned, striking out five and walking three.

Garrett Byrd (Valdosta State) stayed hot at the dish, going 3-4 scoring twice with a double. In his last three games, Byrd has gone a combined 6-10 with four walks, four runs, three RBI, a double and a triple. Byrd’s average on the year moved to .410

The Squeeze’s five runs came in two separate innings, two in the first and three in the seventh. Garrett Rusch (Bellarmine) was able to score after a throw rolled into the outfield while he and Byrd were executing a double-steal. The throw allowed Bryd to move to third and score on a two-out Todd Clay (UAB) single to right.

In the seventh, Anthony Talpa (Allen County CC) led the inning off with a single and Cole Resetar (Pace) followed with a double. Kyle Kleweno (Allen County CC) was able to bring in Max McClusky (Embry-Riddle), who was pinch running for Talpa, with an RBI groundout to second. Rusch followed by hitting a second consecutive RBI groundout to second to bring in Resetar. With two away, Titan Kamaka (FSU) laced a double into the outfield to bring in Byrd from first base to make the score 6-5. Leesburg added one more run in the top of the ninth inning to push the game to its final 7-5.

Fisher Sheffield (Keystone) gave Winter Garden a solid outing and some length in the pen. The righty tossed three innings giving up just one on three hits. Sheffield was able to fan four hitters in his appearance as well. The strikeouts push Sheffield’s total to seven on the year.

The game was Cam Anstey’s final game with the team this summer. The Winter Garden native will head back to the Air Force Academy to participate in survival training. Anstey will finish the season as a .308 hitter, with a double, two runs and a RBI, while also stealing two bags. Antsey received a standing ovation in the middle of the seventh inning from the Leesburg and Winter Garden faithfuls.

Game two between the Lightning and Squeeze will be Friday night at West Orange High School. On Saturday the Squeeze will travel to Pat Thomas Stadium for the finale between the two. First pitch Friday night is set for 7 pm EST.

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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