West Orange Defeats First Academy In Extras



By Rob Sidwell
Florida Scouting Director

ORLANDO, FL—In a match-up between to Central Florida powerhouses, West Orange HS traveled down the road to take on The First Academy. Many high level scouts came to see 2016 RHP Tyler Baum (West Orange HS, FL), a North Carolina recruit, take the mound. He last two innings, giving up four runs. While it was easy to see why scouts have interest in Baum, it was 2016 RHP/3B Garrett Milchin (The First Academy, FL), who dominated the very talented West Orange lineup for five innings, giving up just one hit.

However, in the sixth inning, West Orange got to Milchin when 2016 OF/RHP Ethan Jones hit a solo shot to deep left field. After a walk to 2018 LHP/OF Doug Nikhazy, 2016 DH Roberto Guillen hit a double in the right-center field gap to cut The First Academy’s lead to 4-2. With Guillen on second, 2017 1B Gerry Brown pinch hit and launched a two-run home run to left field, tying the game at four apiece. That was it for Milchin on the mound, but the Florida recruit also shined with the bat, going 3-for-3 with a double.

All four of The First Academy’s runs were scored courtesy of 2017 SS Cash Case, a Notre Dame recruit. He hit a solo shot to deep right field off Baum in the first inning and later came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double down the right field line.

2017 RHP Cole Beavin (West Orange HS, FL), a South Carolina recruit, came in to relieve Baum in the third inning and tossed five strong ones of his own. He allowed two hits and struck out five. The game went to extra innings and in the eighth, 2017 IF/OF Deandre Shelton (West Orange HS, FL), an Alabama recruit, smoked a triple in the left-center field gap with one out. Nikhazy then hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field to knock in the go-ahead run. Jones then took the hill and closed the door in the bottom of the eighth to secure the 5-4 win for West Orange.

West Orange
Bobby Head: 1-3
Ethan Jones: 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI
Deandre Shelton: 1-3, 3B
Doug Nikhazy: 0-1, RBI
Roberto Guillen: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Tyler Baum: 2 IP, 4 R, 2 H, K, 4 BB
Cole Beavin: 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 3 BB
Ethan Jones: 1 IP, 1 BB

First Academy
Garrett Milchin: 3-3, 2B, BB, SF
Cash Case: 2-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, BB
Bopper Gilot: 1-3
Garrett Milchin: 5.2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 5 K, 5 BB
Joseph Charles: 2 IP, R, H, 4 K

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