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Pines Panthers Win Second Fall Classic 16U Title

The Pines Panthers celebrate after winning the HSBN Fall Classic 16U championship.

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A championship environment can bring out the best in some ball players. Sunday afternoon Pines Panthers right fielder Daniel Quinones found himself in big moments over and over, and he delivered to drive in enough runs on his own to account for the difference. Execution with runners in scoring position was key in guiding the Pines Panthers to a 5-2 victory over the Davie Wildcats on Sunday, in the 2017 HSBN Fall Classic 16U championship.

The Panthers (5-1) earned their second Fall Classic 16U title, after also winning the tournament in 2013. The program has now won four overall, after the varsity won the Fall Classic in 2012 and 2013.

With the game tied in the top of the fifth inning, Daniel Quinones delivered a sac-fly RBI that drove in Adrian Pacheco for the winning run. Pacheco had come in to run the bases for Joshua Suarez, who led off the inning with a double to left field. Quinones also had a sac-fly RBI that plated Joel Perez in third, and he had an RBI triple that drove in Joel Perez again in the seventh, before he also scored on a sac-fly RBI from Bryan Loriga.

The 2017 HSBN Fall Classic 16U runners-up Davie Wildcats.

The Wildcats had a strong tournament run to reach the finals, including giving the Panthers their only loss during Pool Play. Nick Pineda took the mound to lead the way on Sunday, giving his team four strong innings to keep them in the game. The right-hander struck out seven and walked just one, while also allowing four hits the Panthers turned into three earned runs.

Tyler Valdes put the Panthers on the board after he singled and came home on an RBI single from Joshua Suarez in the bottom of the second inning, before the Wildcats (5-2) answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Antonio Martinez reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an error, and Kaya Martinez walked and came home off a wild pitch to give the Wildcats their only lead at 2-1 heading into the third.

Tyler Valdes took over on the mound and went the rest of the way to earn the victory for the Panthers. The right-hander scattered three hits and two walks and struck out seven in five scoreless innings of work.

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