Harmony, Gateway advance in 7A-5 baseball tourney
By Rick Pedone
The first round of the 7A-5 district baseball tournament at Osceola High went well for Harmony and Gateway Monday, but not so good for St. Cloud, Celebration and Liberty.
Harmony extended the high school coaching career of Coach Mike Fields for at least one more game by blanking rival St. Cloud, 2-0, thanks to Kyle Covell’s sparkling one-hitter. Fields previously announced his retirement after the 2014 season.
Harmony (16-8) scored all of the game’s runs in the second inning. Cory Whittle’s RBI double was the big hit.
“I guess we made it for one more day,” Fields said. “It was a good game by the kids. Kyle did a good job out there. We’ll see what happens from here.”
Covell struck out 12 and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by inducing a double play grounder.
Gateway (15-7) pounded Celebration, 16-3, Monday as Luis Alvarez, Chris Rodriguez and Jean Carlos Diaz each had three RBIs for the Panthers. Celebration finished the season at 6-18.
Lake Nona (16-10) edged Liberty, 6-5, as Ezra Dominguez homered and had two RBIs for the Chargers (2-13).
The semifinals are Wednesday. Harmony meets top-seeded Osceola (20-5) at 7 p.m. and Gateway plays Lake Nona at 4 p.m. at OHS. Those winners meet for the district championship Friday at 7 p.m. at OHS.
Poinciana (5-21) lost to Lake Region, 4-3, Monday at the 6A-8 tournament at Lake Region (15-11). Ricky Hidalgo homered for the Eagles.