The chance for a big win over a non-district rival squeaked through Park Vista’s legs Wednesday night.
With the game scoreless in the top of the 10th inning and a runner on third, Dwyer’s Sean Maletzke hit a slow ground ball toward Cobras’ freshman shortstop Michael Brooks. The inning could have ended there, but the ball snuck under Brooks’ glove, allowing pinch-runner Kyle Moore to score the game’s only run in fifth-ranked Dwyer’s 1-0 victory over fourth-ranked Park Vista.
“I was not expecting an error, because they don’t make many,” Dwyer coach Frank Torre said. “But those things happen. It was kind of a tough hop.
“Sometimes you need a little luck, and we got it tonight.”
Offense was at a premium, as both teams sent Division I-bound pitchers to the mound.
Park Vista (9-4) pitched Miami Hurricanes-signee Emanuel Fernandez. The southpaw pitched seven shutout innings while giving up only two hits.
“Me and him, we grew up together, we’re close friends,” Dwyer starter Shane Roberts said. “So it’s good to see us competing against each other like that.”
Fernandez pitched well, but Roberts did even better. The South Carolina-signee also pitched seven scoreless innings, and he did not give up a hit for the first 6 1/3 innings. Park Vista’s James Marinan broke up the no-hitter with a single with one out in the seventh.
“It was very exciting,” Roberts said. “You never want to lose it, but you tip your cap to whoever broke it up.”
Roberts settled in after the first inning, commanding his low-90s fastball and slider in the strike zone and striking out 14 batters.
The win is the second straight for the 12-4 Panthers — they beat No. 8 Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday — and Torre said winning a close game against a good team helps Dwyer get back on track after dropping two games over spring break.
“We always know they’re one of the best programs around every year, and we’re right there as well,” Torre said. “Any time you beat Park Vista, you played a good game and did something good.”
No. 6 Palm Beach Central 14, Glades Central 0: Joesph Corona was 3-for-3 with two doubles and Robert Herrera went 2-for-2 with a run scored as the Broncos (12-6) coasted past the Raiders in Belle Glade.
No. 6 Palm Beach Central 18, Pahokee 0: Pierson Reynolds was 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs and Brandon Liberto went 3-for-3 with three singles as the Broncos routed the Blue Devils in Pahokee.
Glades Day 4, Vero Beach-St. Edward’s 3: John Broecall was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs as the Gators (9-6) edged the Pirates in Vero Beach.