Sweet 16: Eagles win again

Devin Vainer and Daniel Sweet celebrate after Sweet's diving catch preserved Polk State's one-run lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Devin Vainer and Daniel Sweet celebrate after Sweet's diving catch preserved Polk State's one-run lead in the top of the eighth inning.

Trailing 7-1 after three innings, Polk State fought its way back and won its 16th game in a row, beating St. Petersburg College 8-7 tonight in Winter Haven. 

After scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, the Eagles started the bottom of the seventh down 7-5. 

Leading off the inning, Daniel Sweet reached first after getting hit by a pitch. An error then allowed Hayden Kelly to reach first and sent Sweet to third. Cody DeNoyelles then singled to right, scoring Sweet, advancing Kelly to second, and cutting the deficit to 7-6. 

Casey Schroeder laid down a sacrifice bunt, putting runners at second and third with one out. JD Osborne then hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. 

With Sam Machonis up, a wild pitch moved runners to second and third. Mahconis then beat out an infield single as Kelly scored, giving the Eagles an 8-7 lead. 

St. Petersburg threatened in the top of the eighth. With a runner on second an d no outs, Sweet ran far to his right and made a diving catch to take away an extra-base hit. Jumping to his feet he threw to second for a double play.

After the next three batters walked to load the bases, reliever Jose Serrano got a ground ball to end the inning. 

Serrano pitched a scoreless ninth, getting his seventh save. Jose Pupo (1-2) got the win in relief. Jordan Barrett started and was relieved by EJ Cordero.   

Sweet (2-for-4) stole three bases and scored three runs. DeNoyelles (2-for-4) scored a run and had three RBI. JD Osborne (1-for-3) also had three RBI. Machonis (1-for-3) had two RBI and two stolen bases. 

The Eagles (35-11, 21-5 in the Suncoast Conference) play State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Winter Haven.

Sep 29
Baseball 1:00 PM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
@ Walter Fuller Complex
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sep 29
Baseball 3:30 PM
vs. St. Petersburg College
@ Walter Fuller Complex
Suncoast Tournament St. Petersburg, Fla.
Oct 04
Baseball 5:00 PM
South Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 06
Baseball 12:00 PM
Polk State Scout Day
Scout Day Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 11
Baseball 5:00 PM
at South Florida State College
Avon Park, Fla.
Oct 14
Baseball 12:00 PM
Chet Lemon Juice
Doubleheader Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 18
Baseball 5:00 PM
at Florida Southern College
Henley Field Lakeland, Fla.

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