Varsity baseball falls to Seminole

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photo by Juliana Joyner

Ryan Carroll holds the runner close to first in the Tuesday game against Winter Springs.

Varsity baseball came close to a win against state champion Seminole this Tuesday, but fell 3-2 in a action-packed game.

Hagerty scored first as first baseman Ryan Carroll got on base in the first inning and pitcher Jackson Grabsky made the hit to score the run. 

Seminole matched the score in the second inning and the game stayed 1-1 until the sixth inning  where Seminole scored two runs giving them the 3-1 lead.

The last inning was very tense. Senior Jake Ferry made a run in the last couple minutes of the game making the score 3-2 and the tying run, Bryce Fitzgerald, was on third base when the game ended. It was not enough to turn the game and they lost 3-2.

Team captains Carroll and Grabsky both demonstrated leadership throughout. The players communicated whenever they could and shouts of encouragement were prevalent in every moment of every inning. 

The team has meetings periodically to discuss strategies. As a pitcher, Grabsky communicated with catcher Schyler Arroyo quite often throughout the game. “Whenever someone makes an error we try to pick them up,” Carroll said. 

Despite being committed to Jacksonville University for third base, Grabsky is called often to the mound to pitch and threw five innings in this game.

“I’ve just got to do whatever the teams needs me to do, if they need me to pitch, I’ll go out and pitch.” 

Keeping in mind that this is the fifth game of the season, the boys are hopeful that they will grow as a team and improve. “We just have to go out and play our best, when we play hard we come out on top,” Grabsky said. 

The team takes on Oviedo next Tuesday but they are confident in their ability and are looking forward to taking on the Lions with this dynamic.

“We just need to shape up our defense and offense and we’ll be fine,” said Carroll.

 

 

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