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Davie Wildcats Blank Pines Panthers To Shake Up 16U Pool A

Nick Pineda struck out four in six innings of work to lead the Wildcats to the 5-0 victory.

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The Davie Wildcats scored a big victory to shake things up in Pool A of the 16U bracket in the HSBN Fall Classic, defeating the Pines Panthers 5-0 to move to the top of the pool standings. Nick Pineda tossed six shutout innings and struck out four to earn the victory, and Kaia Martinez closed things sout with a perfect 1-2-3 seventh inning.

The Wildcats are now 2-0 and can win their pool to advance into the next round with a win over The Dawgs on Saturday. Should The Dawgs win that contest, a three-way tie would occur and further criteria is likely to be necessary. The Wildcats are in the best position to win the pool, having yet to allow a run thus far.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning to take control right out of the gates. Aaron Schaefer reached on a two-out error that allowed two base runners to score, and Ryan Calla followed by lacing a shot into the right-center field gap for an RBI triple. A pitch in the dirt then allowed Calla to cross the plate.

Xerian Ximinies struck out four in three-and-a-third scoreless innings for the Pines Panthers.

The Wildcats threatened to add on to their lead several times, but the Panthers (2-1) responded with several big outs to thwart scoring attempts. Lucas Perdomo registered the only other run of the night in the top of the seventh on a balk call. Gavin Jeffers had a nice liner up the middle with runners on in the sixth, but the Panthers’ defense fired the ball home in time to record the out at the plate.

The Panthers managed plenty of base runners, but struggled for clutch hits that could have gotten them back into the game. Reliever Xerian Ximinies delivered an impressive relief outing to keep his club in the action, tossing three-and-a-third scoreless innings and striking out four.

Kaia Martinez tossed a scoreless seventh inning to end it. The right-hander struck out the first batter and then induced a pair of routine flyouts to finish off the victory.

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