BY GENE NARDI
The Seminole Ridge High School baseball squad hosted fifth-ranked Palm Beach Gardens High School on Sunday, March 16 in a District 9-8A match-up, and handily defeated the Gators 13-3 in five innings.
Seminole Ridge senior Mark Kuhner sealed the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run. Kuhner was first up at the plate and launched a rocket into left field over the fence.
Seminole Ridge started off on all cylinders and tallied up seven runs in the bottom of the first, putting the Gators in a pretty deep hole to dig out of. While Palm Beach Gardens recorded two runs in the top of the fourth inning, they could not defend the Hawks’ ability to connect at the plate.
The Hawks played well defensively, taking away any opportunities the Gators might have had. Seminole Ridge showed no mercy, recording another five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Palm Beach Gardens grabbed one more run, but it was Kuhner who stole the show with his fifth-inning home run to end the game and earn the victory.
The Hawks are 8-5 on the season. Jake Paez, Brooks Aristy and Richie Catromano each had RBIs for the Hawks in the victory.
The Hawks return for regular season play on Wednesday, March 26, when they host John I. Leonard High School for a 6:30 p.m. game.
ABOVE: Hawk pitcher David Moss slides into home plate.