Hawks top Titusville 5-4 at VRP as spring break nears
Return of Robinson should give Hawks big boost
Viera High's Andrew Brait slides safely into third base during Monday night's game against Titusville. Brait went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI on the night as the Hawks won 5-4.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
It wasn’t the sharpest game the Viera High baseball team has played this season.
But it was good enough.
Connor Scheer drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Alejandro Cortina came on in relief to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings as the Hawks defeated Titusville 5-4 Monday night at Viera Regional Park.
Andrew Brait went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Hawks (14-3), who were held to just four hits on the night. Jordan Kaplan walked twice and also had a hit and an RBI.
Connor Leary and Thomas Berry also walked twice for Viera.
Scheer, who got the start for the Hawks, gave up a run in the first and three in the third before giving way to Cortina, who struck out four.
Viera would score three in the first, one in the fourth and then plated the game-winner on Scheer’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
“Connor Scheer hasn’t thrown a lot,” Viera coach Bob Doty said. “He did OK. He got his work in. And then I thought (Alejandro) came in and did a great job for us.
“He had a good fastball. He was around the zone. … We didn’t play very well. Titusville is a pretty good ball club. They’re right in the thick of things in their district.”
The Hawks, meanwhile, have already clinched the top spot in their district despite playing without Stanford-bound star player Christian Robinson, who has been out with a hamstring injury since late February.
“We’ve done very well considering we’ve had some substantial injuries,” Doty said. “Our guys have stepped up. You win 14 ballgames without one of your best players.
“Our pitching has been absolutely outstanding. Jordan Kaplan, Thomas Berry and Tyler Sexton have all just been lights out. We’ve had two no-hitters (one each by Kaplan and Sexton).”
Viera will play at Rockledge Wednesday in a big non-district game, then host Florida Prep on Thursday night before heading into spring break.
Robinson, who was 4-for-4 with two walks before he got hurt, is expected to be back in the lineup for the Hawks when they return from the break. That should give Viera a huge boost.
“If we can get him back and get him fully healthy, we’ve got a chance to put up some runs,” Doty said.