Fernandez Ks 12 in 2-1 Win for Gaither

Rocco Iervasi
PBR Florida Managing Director


Pitching was the story on Tuesday night as Jefferson traveled to Gaither to take on the Cowboys. Getting the start for Jefferson was uncommitted senior RHP John Valle Vera. Valle Vera impressed out the gate reaching 94 mph with his fastball. He pitched six innings for the Dragons, allowing two runs while striking out eight.

On the other side, Gaither threw an impressive uncommitted arm as well in junior LHP
Michael Fernandez. Fernandez got up to 91 mph with his fastball and worked three pitches for strikes. A big swing and miss curveball and wipeout changeup helped Fernandez rack up twelve strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

The game was scoreless until the third when
Miguel Pina doubled to right for Gaither. A few batters later, Dominic Zarcone singled up the middle to give Gaither an early 1-0 lead.

In the 6th,
Jayden Vazquez led off with a single to left for Jefferson. Alejandro Aguilar would later drive in Vazquez on an RBI single to tie the game at 1.

In the bottom of the 6th, Gaither looked to take back the lead. Jackson Mirza led off with a single. After an errant pick off attempt, Mirza advanced to 3rd. A wild pitch would allow Mirza to score giving Gaither the 2-1 lead.

Anthony Linares closed things out for Gaither in 1.2 innings of relief. He struck out four and earned a 2-1 victory for Gaither.



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