The Sandcrabs scored all their runs in the first two innings.
Despite periodic struggles on offense early in the season, Seabreeze’s baseball team got off to a hot start in their annual showdown with rival Mainland the afternoon of Monday, March 9, at the Jackie Robinson Memorial Baseball Park.
The Sandcrabs scored 5 runs in the first inning and then torched the Buccaneers for 9 more runs in the second inning.
“It started with a great batting practice, and coach [Jeff] Lemon got our minds right before the game,” said the Sandcrabs’ Brandon Redmond, who had a team-leading three hits to go along with 2 RBIs. “We got our bats swinging today.”
“This game is always going to be considered a rivalry, and it’s always fun to be a part of this.”
JEFF LEMON, Seabreeze baseball coach
Seabreeze recorded 12 hits as a team in its 14-2 defeat of Mainland. All but three Sandcrabs scored at least one run. In addition to Redmond, the Sandcrabs were led by Colton Brown (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Canyon Brown (1 hit, 3 RBIs) and Joe Justice (1 hit, 3 RBIs), among others.
Mainland scored one run in the second inning and another in the fifth inning. The Buccaneers had 8 hits as a team, with Austin Grunder and Quinten Williams each recording an RBI.
“It’s easy to come out and play loose when you put up some runs early in the ball game,” Seabreeze head coach Jeff Lemon said. “There was no way we were going to lose this game because the guys came out, played hard and played loose.”
The Sandcrabs were on a losing streak prior to Monday’s win over the Buccaneers. The team believes the win can get them back on track.
“This is going to bring this team back together and get us going on the offensive side,” said Sandcrabs starting pitcher Robert Truer, who pitched 4 innings and posted a 1.75 ERA. “It starts with great pitching and great defense. Now, the offense is breaking out.”