USCB baseball capped off a solid regular season Tuesday, surging into the Sun Conference tournament with a pair of 11-9 and 9-4 road wins over Brewton-Parker.
The Sand Sharks got the offense rolling right away in game one, as Brian Meyer ripped a first-inning RBI-double and Daniel Searles added another by working a bases-loaded walk. Then Leandy Castro punctuated a stellar regular season in the second, clobbering a three-run homer to give his squad a 5-0 lead.
The Barons found a scoring run of their own and rattled off nine straight to take control at 9-5, but USCB found the comeback magic yet again in the seventh inning. Kyran Russ and Alexander Humphrey got it started with back-to-back singles and Nick Milhan poked in another to score one. Searles walked to load up the bases, Hunter McKown came through with a pinch-hit knock to plate another, and Clint Sellers completed the improbable comeback, belting a grand slam to give USCB an 11-9 lead.
Donovan Huneck finished the job on the mound in the bottom half, rebounding from a walk to retire the Barons and clinch the win.
Castro and Sellers dealt the damage, as Castro went 3-for-5 with a double and solo blast while Sellers delivered the incredible go-ahead grand slam. Milhan was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Huneck closed it out with an amazing pitching performance, throwing the final three innings without allowing a hit and striking out three.
It was a slower start for the Sand Shark offense in game two, as the visitors racked up four hits in the first three innings but couldn’t push any across. Brewton-Parker found the scoreboard with a four-run fourth before USCB quickly answered with six runs of its own in the fifth frame.
Marino Sorbara launched his first home run as a Sand Shark, and Meyer kept the dingers coming with a two-run shot. After three more reached base via two hits and a walk, Tavaris Terrell singled in a run, Milhan scored on a wild pitch, and Humphrey added a sacrifice fly to go up 6-4. USCB finished strong, recording three more runs to claim a 9-4 victory.
Meyer delivered a phenomenal performance at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Castro finished off his legendary regular season with a 3-for-4 game including a double, and Sorbara notched his first home run as a Sand Shark.
Cam Mathis earned the win on the mound, tossing three innings of hitless ball alongside four strikeouts.
USCB (28-19, 11-13) will make its way down West Palm Beach, Florida, for the Sun Conference Championship beginning on May 6. Seeding has yet to be determined.
By Wes Kerr