NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA. - ASA Miami dropped a heartbreaker to Pasco-Hernando State College, 4-3 in the deciding third game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The three game series vs. PHSC went down to the very end. With the Bobcats leading 4-3 in the ninth inning ASA threatened with runners on first and second and two outs, but ASA could not convert. Both teams went back and forth all weekend in what was a very competitive, entertaining series.
ASA took game one 14-8 on Friday afternoon. Kenney Moreno-Costa and Peter Baldrich led the way offensively for ASA with three and two RBI, respectively. PHSC would take game two, 8-7 in an emotionally draining, back and forth game. That set the table for a winner-take-all game three. Despite the Silver Storm going on top 1-0 in the second inning, PHSC would take control of the game and go into the eighth inning with a 4-1 lead. The inning started with Jonathan Reyes-Diaz drawing a walk and J.C. Garcia getting hit by a pitch. That prompted PHSC to make a pitching change. Kenneth Moreno-Costa would single to center-field which should have scored Reyes-Diaz from second base. Reyes-Diaz collided with the PHSC catcher at the plate who was three feet up the line, blocking the base path before catching the ball. However, the umpire ruled Reyes-Diaz was out by running into the catcher and the run was not scored. The score remained 4-1 with one out and Peter Baldrich up to bat. Baldrich smoked a ball down the left-field line that drove in two runs and cut the lead to 4-3. The Bobcats were able to get out of the inning without anymore damage and shut the door in the ninth to come away with the win.
Anthony Vazquez was phenomenal in relief for ASA in six innings. Vazquez allowed one run on five hits while striking out five. He also threw four innings in game one against PHSC only allowing one run.
ASA Miami set the following team records in 2018:
- Wins (23)
- Home runs (34)
- Runs scored (327)
- Slugging Percentage (.440)
- Strikeouts (353)