SPRINGFIELD — What was at first glance a gamble on Wednesday turned into a gem, and Mosley’s junior right-hander Andrew Deramo didn’t need to roll a seven in the championship game of the Panama City Invitational baseball tournament Thursday night at Rutherford.
As in seven innings. Instead, Thompson, Ala., fielded an abridged lineup after 10 players were disciplined for breaking team rules on Wednesday night, according to Coach Pat Hamrick, and the Dolphins cruised to a 15-2 victory.
Deramo, the team’s No. 3 starter, was held in reserve for the final game and first-time starter Ashton Rogers took the mound late Wednesday night against Gardendale, Ala. Rogers responded with a no-hitter as Mosley rolled to a 9-0 win.
The Dolphins claimed their 12th-straight win while improving to 16-1 against the Warriors, who were without at least seven regular position players. It was 5-0 after one inning, with the outcome all but decided before the first pitch was thrown. The Birmingham school dropped to 22-8.
It barely diminished Mosley’s dominant run through the PCI, however. The Dolphins outscored four opponents 41-4, registered two shutouts and won each outing by at least seven runs.
“Going into this tournament our team ERA was like 1.28, so it starts with us throwing strikes,” Mosley coach Todd Harless said. “And we want to play tight defense and just put the bat on the ball.”
Logan Quimuyog had a two-run home run, his third of the season, and Jordan Larry a pair of doubles against Thompson. Deramo tossed three shutout innings, extending a team streak to 16 overall, until Joseph Simonetti and Jesse Handlon notched RBI singles in the fourth inning for Thompson. Dillon Brown, who had a pair of hits as DH, pitched the final inning in the mercy-rule victory.
Rogers had eight strikeouts and two walks against Gardendale. Brady Bell was 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs, Larry 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs and Bowen McGuffin 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Dolphins.
“I talked to (Rogers) before the game and told him you’ve got to believe in yourself,” Harless said. “He looked like a different kid out there. We’d seen it from him in the summer and the fall, but we didn’t think he’d no-hit them.
“He’s absolutely going to help us out.”
In another game Wednesday night, Florida High beat Arnold 4-3.
Rutherford qualified for the third-place game, but with a District 1-5A matchup against Bay looming today stepped aside to enable Florida High and Leon to meet, Leon taking a 10-0 win. Arnold, despite being winless in the tournament, was presented the opportunity to play a fourth game and defeated Gardendale 2-1 for its second win of the season.