P.K. Yonge baseball falls to Father Lopez
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.
ORMOND BEACH — Daytona Beach Father Lopez starting pitcher Ian Farrell got two mound visits from coach Trevor Berryhill during Wednesday night’s 6-3 Class 3A regional semifinals win over P.K. Yonge.
The first visit was just to talk mechanics, Berryhill said.
But the second visit, which came in the fourth inning, was different. Farrell appeared to be slowing, and Berryhill got in his face about it.
“Ian has this button inside of him,” Berryhill said. “The second meeting, I was just trying to find that button, and I found it. I got in his kitchen. I challenged his manhood a little bit because he needed it.”
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander responded by working his way out of the inning and delivering Lopez’s second complete game of the playoffs. Farrell (4-1) struck out 10 while scattering seven hits over seven innings.
The win advances Father Lopez (16-11) to the regional finals where it will host Jacksonville Providence (18-11) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
“I definitely did not have my best stuff tonight,” Farrell said. “But we lost to this team last year in the regional semifinals, and I did not want that to happen again.”
In fact, Lopez had lost its last two meetings against the Blue Wave (16-13). P.K. Yonge won 11-8 in March and 5-1 in last season’s regional semifinals.
The Green Wave ensured this time would be different by jumping on P.K. Yonge starter Evan Wilder (4-3) early. Wilder lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs, as Lopez jumped out to a 6-1 lead heading into the fourth.
Lopez’s early onslaught was highlighted by a four-run third.
Evan Miranda struck the big blow in the inning with a two-RBI single that plated Joey Markus and Nick Restuccia to make it 6-1. Markus reached when he was hit by Wilder, and Restuccia followed with an RBI single that scored Marcus Bright. Bright was on as a courtesy runner for catcher Zach Hawk, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Brandon Leohner drove in the first run of the inning with a sac fly that scored Joe Skinner, who reached on an infield single.
P.K. Yonge fought back with two runs in the fourth to cut it to 6-3. Cody Reeves got things started with an RBI double off the fence that scored Jeremy Johnson, who reached on a walk. A batter later, Alex Akridge singled in Reeves.
But Farrell struck out the next batter, D’Karas Fields, for the inning’s first out. And a heads-up play by center fielder Tommy Roache, who hauled in Van Turner’s shallow fly and fired to first to catch Akridge off base for a double play, got Lopez out of the inning.
“This team has fought all year long,” P.K. Yonge coach Brian Simmons said. “We are not a great baseball team in terms of hitting, running and all the things that make up a great baseball team. But this baseball team has heart, and this team has fight and athleticism. We just came up a little short tonight.”
Lopez got RBI singles from Hawk and Restuccia to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Hawk’s line-drive to left scored Skinner. Skinner led off the inning by reaching second after sending a shot to center that bounced out of Fields’ glove.
Restuccia’s hit was also to left field and scored Bright, who entered as a courtesy runner for Hawk.
Fletcher Simmons led off the third with a triple, and scored the Blue Wave’s first run — cutting it to 2-1 — when Gabe Miller’s grounder scooted under Skinner’s glove at third.