Buchholz ends season with third loss to Forest
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:40 p.m.
OCALA — Buchholz head coach Ron Brooks could only watch as his Bobcats dropped their third close game of the season to rival Ocala Forest on Tuesday night, effectively ending their season.
The Wildcats built an early 4-1 lead, then rode the left arm of senior pitcher Anthony Mazzurco to the 4-3 victory in the District 1-7A tournament semifinals.
Phoenix Sanders tossed six innings of quality baseball, allowing eight hits and just two earned runs while striking out seven Wildcats. But some shaky defense at pivotal times again proved to be the Bobcats' undoing.
“I told our guys that they battled and gave great effort,” Brooks said after an emotional postgame huddle. “The mistakes we made early, unfortunately, cost us. Give (Forest) credit, they're a good ball club.
“But at the end of the day, my guys battled and gave great effort. We just didn't get it done.”
Buchholz (16-10) got a run-scoring single from Dakota Turner in the third inning to cut the Forest (22-3) lead to 2-1.
Adam Koff and Kyle Brasfield each delivered sixth-inning RBIs to make it 4-3, but it wasn't enough as Mazzurco sat down the top of the lineup in order in the seventh.
Ben Koff (two hits), Sanders (bunt single) and Chris Stinson (run) also produced at the plate for the Bobcats.
District 6-5A: At Sparr, Eastside saw its season come to a close with a 10-0, five-inning loss to to host North Marion in the district semifinals.
The fourth-seeded Rams (2-19) gave up six first-inning runs on seven hits to the No. 1 Colts (19-7) and never mounted a challenge.
Eastside got a pair of singles from Thomas Burke, while Clint Wolcott and Loren Hendrickson also collected a base hit each to round out the Rams' offensive output.