Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Reed's Gem Lifts 'Canes in Classic

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Reed's Gem Lifts 'Canes in Classic

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BASEBALL: Junior pitches complete-game gem at Sarasota tournament


Manatee High right-hander Patrick Reed turned his first start of the season into a complete-game gem Tuesday in the first round of the annual Sarasota Baseball Classic.

The Hurricanes (8-6) supported Reed with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning as Manatee defeated Port St. Lucie, 5-2.

The first-round games of the Classic were originally scheduled to be played on Monday at three different locations, but all-day rains washed out all 12 games.

The tournament finally got under way Tuesday afternoon, but one of the fields was still not playable. The field at Twin Lakes Park, where Riverview High plays its home games, was still too wet.

Manatee's victory came on one of the four fields being used Tuesday at Buck O'Neil Complex, also at Twin Lakes Park.

Reed, who had been used exclusively in relief situations, scattered four hits, struck out five and walked just one, throwing 82 pitches as Port St. Lucie fell to 10-4 on the season.

"He's a junior that has been our go-to guy late in games this season," first-year Manatee head coach Rob Viera said. "He's been clutch for us all year. His first start was awesome.

"He kept the ball down all night. He turned in an outstanding effort."

Trailing 2-0, Manatee's offense shifted into gear in the fourth. Junior Kevin Acevedo singled for Manatee's first hit of the night.

Hurricane junior Chase Diaz drove in Manatee's first run with an RBI single. Another RBI single by sophomore Orlando Ruiz tied it at 2-2. An RBI single by senior Khalyd Cox in the fourth gave the Hurricanes the lead for good.

"We started to put the ball in play, in the fourth inning," Viera said. "Good things start to happen when you do that."



Tuesday's victory was the fifth straight for the Tarpons (8-6) in the Sarasota Classic after they captured their bracket in last year's tournament with four consecutive wins.

It was also the fifth straight win this season for Charlotte.

"This was probably our 10th or 11th one-run game of the year," veteran Charlotte coach Dan Flaherty said. "We just keep finding ways to come out on the right side of the score. …

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