BRADENTON -- Lakewood Ranch’s 11-12 All-Star team got off to a flourish Friday night at G.T. Bray park.
Ranch needed just four innings to beat Manatee American 13-1 during the first round of pool play of the District 26 Tournament.
Rhett Rampinelli, Colton Zimring, Jack McGovern and Tyler Weott scored two runs apiece for Lakewood Ranch (1-0), which faces Buffalo Creek noon today at G.T. Bray.
James Cuccio scored for Manatee American (0-1), which will play Braden River 11 a.m. Sunday back at Bray.
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MANATEE WEST 8, BUFFALO CREEK 5 -- Manatee West did all its scoring in the first two innings, and it was enough.
Seth Katzenberger single, doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs for Manatee West (1-0), while Dylan Spagnolo had two hits and three RBIs. Jared Richardson went 1-for-2 with two runs for Manatee West, which returns to face Braden River noon today.
Francisco Flores doubled, triples, scored two runs and had an RBI for Buffalo Creek (1-0), while Thomas Steier added a double, single and RBI.
Buffalo Creek meets Lakewood Ranch noon today.
BUFFALO CREEK 8, LAKEWOOD RANCH 5 -- Buffalo Creek rallied from an early 3-0 hole to overtake Lakewood Ranch in the first round of the division’s double-elimination playoffs.
Diego Cardenas had three hits and Gunner Wormer scored twice for Buffalo Creek (3-3), the No. 3 seed which fell to Lakewood Ranch during pool play.
Pitcher Ty Hooks pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.
Harrison Thiel and Paul Labriola had two hits each for second-seeded Lakewood Ranch (4-2).
Buffalo Creek plays Braden River in the winner’s bracket today, and Lakewood Ranch faces Manatee National in an elimination game. Both games are scheduled for 10 a.m. at G.T. Bray.
BRADEN RIVER 13, MANATEE NATIONAL 1 (4) -- Top-seeded Braden River kept rolling.
Kaleb Quinones singled, tripled and scored three runs, while Josiah Clark had two hits for Braden River (6-0).
Taylor Pawelkoski scored three runs for Braden River, the No. 1 seed that plays Buffalo Creek at 10 a.m. today.
Jarrett Hawes had two hits for Manatee National (2-4), which meets Lakewood Ranch today in an elimination game, also to be played at 10 a.m.
The winner of today’s Braden River/Buffalo Creek game advances to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. final at G.T. Bray.
Game 4 between Lakewood Ranch and Braden River was delayed because of inclement weather in the fourth inning with Lakewood Ranch leading 15-8. Lakewood Ranch leads the best-of-five series 2-1.