Boca Raton, FL - "I know there is no such thing as a morale victory in baseball, but I gotta tell you, we played really well today. I am quite impressed with this group. They are a scrappy bunch of kids. They may be young, but they just keep competing vs. the older talent."
Those were the words of PW 16U's Head Coach Patrick Lee. "They just keep battling. We made a few mistakes, but they are aggressive mistakes. I really cannot complain with what I saw today. It's been fun watching them play," said Lee after the game.
Lakewood Ranch RHP Seth McGarry (2012), rebounded from a strained hamstring on Thursday, tossed 5 1/3 innings, yielding only 2 earned runs in the 4-2 loss. Despite the loss, McGarry was impressive on the mound. "I'd say he was mid 80's. He had a good CB and kept the ball down. He comes right over the top, so when it's down, it's tough to hit," stated Lee.
Boca Ciega's Nate Aipel (2012) went the remaining 1 2/3 for Prospectwire, showing a good Change-Up and located FB, according to Lee. "Nate had a great game for us. He was 2-2 at the plate, the only player to have multiple hits, and he really threw well on the mound. His velocity seemed good and his Change-Up really had late movement to it," said Lee. Aipel had been recovering from a sore arm and hadn't pitched since the end of the high school season over a month ago.
"I felt good today. I'm a bit sore now, but it felt good out there today," said Aipel. "I wish we would have won though."
Alex McGathey added an RBI single to keep the game close, while 1B/3B Luke Helms (2013) picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice. PW 16U (0-2) takes the field tomorrow at 12:40 pm vs. the Cape Coast Canes.