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Winter Garden takes game two of doubleheader against Winter Park, 15-9

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

The Winter Garden Squeeze won game two of the doubleheader against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs 15-9, after dropping game one 2-0 in Winter Park Monday.

After notching just two hits earlier in the six-inning continuation of last Monday’s nine-inning game, the Squeeze came out swinging in game two, putting up a six-spot in the first inning. The first eight hitters of the game for Winter Garden all reached base safely.

“We got a really good offense,” said Garrett Byrd (Valdosta State). “I think we have one of the best offenses in the league. Once we put it together on defense and offense, I feel like we got a good chance of doing something cool.”

Titan Kamaka (FSU) brought in the first run with an RBI single. Todd Clay (UAB) then roped a base hit up the middle for the next two runs for Winter Garden. In a 3-2 count, Mees Robberse (Allen County CC) sent a double down the left field line for two more in the first inning. Cole Steinmetz (Valdosta State) was the final run to come in the first, scoring on a wild pitch during Garrett Rusch’s (Bellarmine) second at-bat in the inning.

The six-run first wouldn’t be the only big inning for Winter Garden. They would go on to score eight runs in the top of the fourth, with Kamaka starting the scoring again with an RBI-double . The next pitch was sent out into the outfield by Ben Maskin (Erskine) for the second consecutive double, which brought in Kamaka. Clay drove another single up the middle, which abruptly ended the relief appearance for Noah Miller (Florida Tech). However, the pitching change didn’t slow down the Squeeze

Steinmetz brought around Maskin with a single to center field, which was followed by Robberse’s second RBI base hit to left. Max McClusky (Embry-Riddle) came into the ball game as a pinch hitter and added two more to the board with his base hit. Byrd capped the inning off with a two RBI-triple that nearly got over the wall.

The giant run support made it pretty easy for Jacob Iverson (Emory & Henry) to get comfortable quickly. The right-hander tossed three scoreless innings allowing just two hits on four strikeouts. Iverson received the win in the game.

Winter Park came roaring back in the fourth and the fifth scoring eight unanswered runs, which kept the game going past the fifth due to the eight-run mercy-rule being taken out of effect. The two innings saw the Dawgs knock nine base hits, including two solo shots from Amai Rivera-Martinez (St. Leo) and Ryan Crivello (St. Leo).

The Squeeze would score one more run in the game off another RBI off the bat of Byrd. Byrd finished the game reaching in every plate appearance, going 3-3 with three RBIs, two runs and two walks.

“I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said Byrd about his approach at the dish. “Just trying to get it through the middle of the field and have a good chance to score.”

The third and final game between the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs is set for 6 pm at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park. Coverage on FloSports begins at 5:55 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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