Chase Diaz went the distance on the mound, and Garrett Mumford drove in the game-winning run Thursday as the Manatee baseball team to a 4-2 victory over visiting Palmetto.
Robbie Rew and Jonathan Aragon each had two hits for the Hurricanes (7-3). Mumford drove in two runs.
Diaz gave up eight hits and two earned runs, striking out three and walking one.
Cody Deans went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers (3-9). Jacob Josey had two hits.
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MANATEE 13, OWEN ROBERTS 3 (5) -- Brooke Flynn went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs as the host Hurricanes handed the Wildcats from Pottstown, Pa., a loss in their season opener at G.T. Bray park.
Taylor Bell and winning pitcher Peyton Varela each had two hits and an RBI for Manatee (3-11). Varela went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs. She struck out four.
BRADEN RIVER 6, PALMETTO 1 -- Xavier Muzquiz and Colson Engelberger each won a singles match and teamed up for a doubles win as the host Pirates improved to 4-6 by beating the Tigers.
Chris Economides and Nicholas Cox also won singles matches for Braden River. Economides and Luca Runcher-Usi added a doubles win.
Palmetto got a singles win from Sydney Soundara.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 7, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 0 -- Zach Bessette, Brian Berdusco, Nani Forcano, Russell Berdusco and Neo Cho won the singles matches as the host Falcons cruised by the Panthers.
Bessette and Brian Berdusco combined for one doubles win, and Forcano and Russell Berdusco got the other.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 4, OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 3 -- Ashley Bongart and Natalia Vuckovica won singles matches, and the Mustangs won both doubles matches in a victory over the host Thunder.
Lauren Proctor and Vuckovica won a doubles match as did Bongart and Jessie Kroupa.
ODA got singles wins M'Balia Bangora, Savannah Jones and Charlotte Dixon.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 6, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 0 -- Annie Brey won a singles match and teamed up with Mpho Cho for a doubles win to lead the host Falcons past the Panthers.
Saint Stephen's got singles wins from MaryAnn Rompf, Danning Feng, Claudia Usubillaga, Annie Brey and Grace Moore. The other doubles match was not played.
-- Herald staff reports