Zach, Zach and … Zach lead VSLL Seniors past EGLL in District 2 baseball


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Zach Florido (bottom) of the Viera-Suntree Little League, survives a collision and steals second base during Saturday's Senior baseball District 2 All-Star tournament at Viera Regional Park. The VSLL won the game 9-4.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Talk about a Zach attack.

Zach Zulawski had a strong day on the mound, Zach Florido had a big day at the plate and Zach Jordan added an RBI single of his own to lead the Viera-Suntree Senior All-Stars to a 9-4 victory over Eau Gallie Little League Saturday at Viera Regional Park.

The victory gives the VSLL a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series that will decide the District 2 championship.

 “Solid pitching. Solid defense. The bats came alive,” VSLL assistant coach Jarret Behrens said. “In practice, we’ve been working on harder pitching, curveballs. We know what these guys were about, having seen them in the regular season.

“These guys worked hard in practice and it showed today.”

Zulawski went six innings for the VSLL, striking out three while giving up four runs, two of which were unearned. Robbie Behrens came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to close out the game.

“(Zach) was hitting his spots and making good pitches,” assistant coach Todd Latawa said of Zulawski.

Florido, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. The one time he did not get a hit, he reached base on an error.

“He’s got a great bat,” Jarret Behrens said. “I don’t care who you throw at him, or what you throw at him, he’s going to hit the ball.”

The VSLL took the lead in the top of the first when Florido singled and eventually scored on an EGLL throwing error. Zion Hernandez then walked with the bases loaded to bring home Robbie Behrens and make it a 2-0 game.

It became 3-0 an inning later when Florido singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Jordan.

Leading 3-1 going into the top of the fourth, the VSLL broke the game open by scoring six runs.

Mikey Rappucci and Hernandez got things started when they reached base after getting hit by pitches.

A run-scoring fielder’s choice by Gavin Latawa, RBI singles by Zulawski and Jack Malatino, followed by Florido’s two-run double helped fuel the inning. Florido would later score on a passed ball.

The VSLL will have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series when play resumes Tuesday night at 6:30 at Viera Regional Park.

In other District 2 All-Star action Saturday:

Intermediate (50-70) Baseball

VSLL 4, West Melbourne LL 1

James Baxter threw four innings, allowing one run on one hit with four strikeouts to help the VSLL win the first game in a best-of-five series which is being played at Suntree Elementary.

Carson Cruse came on in relief of Baxter and struck out six in three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits.

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the VSLL worked the double steal to perfection as Collin Mutz stole second base and Tyler Rosenberger broke for home on the throw.

Jay Fowler and Baxter then walked to lead off the sixth. After both runners stole a base, Nolan Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to score Fowler. Landon Norton then doubled to left field to score Baxter and make it a 4-1 game.

The two teams will play again today at 11 a.m.

8-10 Softball

VSLL 5, EGLL 3

With the score tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, Sienna Adams hit a two-run double on an 0-2 count to key a three-run inning as the VSLL went on to win its opening game of the District 2 tournament at Rodes Park.

Adams had two hits and three RBIs to lead the VSLL.

Sara Fentress went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Isabella Kapatoes had two hits and an RBI for the VSLL. Kapatoes also threw six innings, allowing three hits and striking out 12 to get the win.

Lydia Dexter made the defensive play of the day for the VSLL with a catch in left field that prevented runs from scoring.

The VSLL will be back on the field today against the Beachside Little League. That game is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Note: Photos taken for the Viera Voice from Saturday’s VSLL Senior All-Star baseball game will be posted on Twitter @CKotala by the end of the weekend.