By, Conlan Birdsall
DeLand, FL – Behind their two pitchers, the Storm shutout the Dawgs in a 4-0 victory. The Dawgs were only able to get one hit for the entire game.
Winter Park held the Storms’ offense at bay in the first two innings. Dawgs’ starter Keegan Foge (North Alabama) allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five batters including four strikeouts for the first four outs in innings one and two. On the other side for the Dawgs’ offense, Cameron Meehan (Rollins) put down their first and only hit of the day for his team.
Amir Asghar and Robb Adams (Santa Fe) combined for a complete game one-hitter and 10 strikeouts. Asghar earned his first win of the season and Adams received his first save of the season.
For the Storms’ offense, they got going in the third inning. AJ Shaver (FSU) began the third getting hit with a pitch and taking first base. The next hitter singled moving Shaver to third. It would be a 4-3 groundout the next pitch that would finally bring home Shaver. That run was the only run Leesburg would need to take the game however they did not stop there.
In the fifth, Parker Pillsbury (Southern Wesleyan) singled a ball into right field to start the inning. After a hit-by-pitch and two runners on the base path, Jeff Mejia (Northern Essex) produced a second hit with a double down the third baseline. The double gave Pillsbury the opportunity to go from second to home plate. Alex Freeland (UCF) extended his hit streak to 12 games slicing a ball to the left-field for a two-RBI double. The score would remain 4-0 for the rest of the game. Both teams held scoreless for the last two innings. Winter Park’s Andrew Pettit (Shorter) slowed down the Storms’ offense going 2.1 innings of work allowing two hit and no runs with a strikeout.
The Storm will finish their season against the Suns fighting for a playoff spot and the Lightning at Pat Thomas Stadium. The Dawgs play one last game against the Loggerheads who are trying to take the last playoff spot over the Suns. There is still a lot to play for the final day of the regular season.