Somerset Has Huge Second Inning In District Win Over Cardinal Gibbons
The Somerset Academy Panthers were the home team against 5A-14 rival, Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs on Wednesday in a late-season district match up. The underdog Chiefs jumped out to the early 3-1 advantage against the Panthers, however a nine-run second propelled the Panthers to a 11-5 victory.
The Chiefs (6-13, 2-7) used heads up base running and took advantage of defensive miscues to take the early advantage. Colin Durkin scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch charged to the Panthers pitcher. Then, in the second, Jarrett Hall stole home on a 1-0 count to Durkin who drove in Anthony Laney later in the at-bat on a sacrifice fly to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead.
The lead was short lived however as the Panthers (19-3, 8-1) quickly woke up offensively. Jordan Quijano tied the game in the bottom of the second with a two-run single to right field that scored Jose Valera and JJ Teixeira. An error by the outfielder also allowed Jack Khawly to score the go-ahead run for the Panthers. Quijano scored the fourth run of the inning on a RBI double from Franco Perdomo.
Perdomo, Derek Cartaya, Ricardo Leonett, Carlos Maldonado, and Nick Dominguez all added runs in the second for the Panthers (#2 Broward Rankings), who jumped out to a 10-3 lead.
Valera hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth to increase the Panthers’ advantage.
Laney added another RBI in the fourth when he hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Laney for the Chiefs fourth run of the game. Jack Durkin came in and scored the fifth run but that was all they managed as the Panthers snuffed out the rally and won 11-5.