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Sanford Cruises to Number One Seed

07/19/2019, 11:15am EDT
By Kyle Nuckols

Monarchs finish regular season on a high note.

The Monarchs ended the regular season on a high note against the Boom on Wednesday, scoring ten in another easy victory for Sanford. Both offenses were held to nothing in the first couple innings, as the starters Brandon Torrence (North Central) and Andrew Pettit (Pasco-Hernando) both were lights out through two innings. In the third, the Monarchs were able to string some hits together, scoring four runs, led by Brock Berry (Joliet Junior) who had an RBI single, stole third, and then scored on a Robert Post (Embry-Riddle) sacrifice fly. They were able to bring four more runners across in the 4th inning, with two bases loaded walks and a two RBI single from Jakob Wiirre (Florida A&M) to bring the score to 8-0. Reece Lisle (Stetson) came in to pitch in the fourth for the Monarchs, and continued Pettit’s success, keeping the Boom’s bats silent. After Wiirre brought in another run on sacrifice fly in the 6th inning, Lake Mary was finally able to crack the runs column, scoring one run on a RBI double from Ryan Coleman (Rollins). But the effort was too little, too late, as Sanford was able to close out the game and the 10-1 victory. Though Pettit didn’t pitch enough innings to get the win, he was able to bring his ERA down to 1.12, putting a cap on a very impressive regular season for Andrew as he led the Monarchs to the best record in the Futures League. Brock Berry also ended the season with a bang, resulting in a league-leading .395 batting average, followed by Jakob Wiirre in second, hitting .347. The Monarchs will play in the FWL championship on Saturday, as the Boom will have to play the Thunder in a one game playoff to see who will face Sanford and try and pull off the upset.

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