Eagles fall to Palm Beach 5-4 in first game of state tournament

Zach Diewert returns to the dugout after scoring a run against Palm Beach. He singled, doubled twice, and scored twice in a 5-4 loss. (Photo by Tom Hagerty.)
Zach Diewert returns to the dugout after scoring a run against Palm Beach. He singled, doubled twice, and scored twice in a 5-4 loss. (Photo by Tom Hagerty.)

Polk State dropped a 5-4 decision to Palm Beach State College last night on the first day of the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Baseball Tournament.

The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when, with two outs, Zach Diewert doubled and scored on Skylar Frey's single.

The Panthers responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second, but the Eagles answered with two more runs in the bottom of the third when Diewert and Zach Scott each scored from third on wild pitches.

Palm Beach plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

The Eagles tied it a 4 in the bottom of the sixth when Cole Warken drew a leadoff walk and scored on a single by Isaiah Cullum.

The Panthers scored what would prove to be the winning run in the seventh on a hit batter, a wild pitch, a single, and a fielder's choice.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Polk State had the potential tying run on second and potential winning run on first but failed to score.

Starting pitcher Jordan Spicer worked six innings, allowing four runs (two unearned) on seven hits. He allowed one walk and struck out seven.

In one inning, Justin Gill yielded a run on one hit.

Chad Tworek pitched the final two frames, holding the Panthers to two hits.

Diewert went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.

Scott singled twice, scored once, and drove in a run.

Cullum singled and drove in a run. 

Raudy Martinez went 2-for-5.

Dropping into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament, the Eagles play Eastern Florida today at 7 p.m.

 
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Scrimmage Winter Haven, FL
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Warner University
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Baseball 5:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
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Baseball 1:00 PM
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at Daytona State College
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