Herzog Lifts Pines Charter To Extra-Innings Victory
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Trent Herzog was the hero for the Pembroke Pines Charter Jaguars on Thursday, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Jaguars a 4-3, come-from-behind win over Port St. Lucie.
With two outs in the ninth, Herzog smacked a single to left field, scoring Anthony Gomez to lift the Jaguars, who advance to a regional semifinal Tuesday against Jensen Beach. Gomez singled to right field and then stole second to set the stage for Herzog’s heroics.
“We have a lot of confidence in Trent with the game on the line,” Pines Charter Manager Carlos Iglesias said. “Trent came through a big hit to takes into the next round. He also did an outstanding job behind the plate.”
After falling behind 3-1, Pines Charter rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Matthew Rondon, who went 2-for-3, scored on Gomez’s groundball and then Gomez scored with the bases load when Herzog was hit by a pitch to reach base.
Anthony Nogueiras went 3-for-3 for the Jaguars, who carry confidence.
“We believe in ourselves, and we pick each other up,” Iglesias said. “Next round is about taking one pitch at a time and get the team prepared for the next game.”