Eagles to play for state championship tomorrow

Hunter Kyzar pitches in the first inning today. For the fourth game in a row the Eagles got a strong outing from their starting pitcher.
Hunter Kyzar pitches in the first inning today. For the fourth game in a row the Eagles got a strong outing from their starting pitcher.

Polk State lost today but will still play for the state championship tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Eagles will play the winner of the 10 a.m. game between College of Central Florida and Miami Dade College, with the winner advancing to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

After holding opponents to two runs in the first three games of the NJCAA Gulf District/FCSAA state baseball tournament, the Eagles failed to score a run today, losing 4-0 to Miami Dade at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. It was the first time this year a team had held the Eagles scoreless. 

"It's hard to win every game in this tournament," said head coach Al Corbeil. Miami Dade did a great job today, and we didn't capitalize on opportunities. "

The Eagles made three errors in the game.

"It's hard to play great baseball the entire time, and Miami Dade took advantage of our miscues," said Corbeil.

For the fourth game in a row, Polk State got a good outing from its starting pitcher.

"Hunter Kyzar stepped up and threw the ball fantastically against a very good offensive club," said Corbeil. "If we'd had a hit or two at the right time it might've been a different outcome for us."

Despite the loss, Corbeil said his team would be ready tomorrow.

"We're a resilient club, and we've been unfazed all year. We'll show up and be ready to play." 

Kyzar worked seven innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs. He walked one and struck out one. Devin Vainer set the side down in order in the eighth, and EJ Cordero worked a scoreless ninth inning.

On offense, Daniel Sweet went 2-for-3 with a walk. Cole Ondrejka had a 3-for-3 game, and Cody DeNoyelles and Sam Machonis each had a hit.

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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