TAMPA, Fla. - Colin Strayer drove in three runs to lead Plant to an 11-2 victory over Wharton in the quarterfinals of the 42nd annual Saladino Tournament on Monday afternoon at Hyde Family Park.
The Wharton Wildcats (6-2) started right-handed pitcher and University of Miami signee Ryan Fry. The Panthers (6-3) went with junior right-handed pitcher Michael Hawks.
Fry pitched a scoreless first inning, after allowing a lead-off single by junior outfielder Jack Meade. Hawks returned the favor with a scoreless opening frame.
Plant junior first baseman Robert Satin drove in the game’s first run on a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. Later in the inning, Hawks would help his own cause with a two-run single to push the Panthers' lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, Hawks allowed his first hit of the afternoon, a single by senior catcher Carson Mohler.
In the fourth inning, the Panthers added another run on an infield single by senior outfielder Conley Strayer, which marked the end of the afternoon for Fry.
In the sixth inning, the Panthers blew the game wide open on a two-run hit by senior shortstop Thomas Bolton to make it 7-0. Later in the inning, Hawks drove in his third run of the day to give the Panthers an 8-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wildcats finally got on the board on an RBI single by senior Quentin Meadows.
In the seventh inning, Strayer got the line started by driving in his third run of the day to make it 9-2. The Panthers scored two more runs in the inning, courtesy of a wild pitch by Wildcat reliever Jarial Garriga and an RBI groundout.
Hawks came out to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning, retiring the Wildcats in order to finish off the 11-2 win.
The Panthers will take on Strawberry Crest Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. Strawberry Crest beat Durant 6-4 earlier Monday.
The Wildcats will face Durant in the consolation bracket Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Durant High School.