Prep Baseball Report

FHSAA Playoffs: 7A Regional Finals Game Between Osceola vs. Venice

Michael Wrenn
Florida Scouting Director

7A Regional 3 Finals with Osceola vs. PBR #16 Venice with the Indians ace, USF 2019 commit Orion Kerkering going Wednesday against young 2021 Corey Braun. Kerkering started looking really good through the 1st inning with a fastball sitting 89-91 and curveball 80-82 and striking two of the four batters faced. Orion has a big athletic frame standing at 6-foot-3,180 pounds, still has some room to grow. Braun was up for the battle when giving up a one out double to UF 2021 commit Mike Robertson and was able to 2 of the next 3 guys out by mixing all pitches for strikes and commanding the zone well without giving any runs up. 


Orion Kerkering

Osceola came up strong in the 2nd inning with a leadoff hit by 2019 Zach Butler and then a wild pitch got him to 2nd base. With a ground ball out to 3rd base by JT Fondren, Butler with good base running was able to get to 3rd base on it. Next hitter, Logan O’Brien put down a base hit bunt placed by the pitcher for a hit and RBI. Kerkering battled with his command, but was able to get the next 2 hitters out with a groundball to shortstop and a strikeout. Braun was able to keep Venice at bay with only giving up a 2 out hit to FGCU 2019 commit Danny Rodriguez and striking out the last hitter for the 3rd out.

Kerkering was able to go 3 up and 3 down in the 3rd inning, while the offense was ready to strike for Venice. UF 2020 commit Mac Guscette leads off with a single and his base runner proceeds to get picked off after a hit by Robertson and leaves a man on 1st base. Robertson proceeds to 2nd and 3rd base in 3 pitches. Army 2019 commit Kevin Dubrule has a patient approach at the plate and walked in 5 pitches to make it 1st and 3rd and 2021 uncommitted Aiden Corn comes up with a RBI single to tie the score 1-1.

Kerkering comes out to start the 4th inning and proceeds to walk the first batter and then a wild pitch gets him to 2nd base, but strikes out the hitter in the process for the 1st out. Venice then brings in submarine State College of Florida 2019 commit Clayton Callan to pickoff the runner at 2nd base and then strikes out the side in the top of the 4th inning. Venice hitters came up in the bottom of the inning ready to score and play small ball, with a leadoff single by 2020 uncommitted Reagan Jackowiak and Chason Rockymore reaches on a sac bunt and error by Osceola defense had been playing really well until this point, making it 1st and 3rd with Danny Rodriguez coming to the plate and putting down a RBI base hit bunt to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. Mac Guscette proceeds to walk next to bring up Mike Robertson to plate with bases loaded and gets a opposite field hit to make the lead 3-1. Osceola pitcher Aaron Deegan was able to sit the side down without giving more runs by getting the 2 hitters out.


Mike Robertson


Callan was able to strike the side out in the 5th inning for Venice and Osceola able to control some 2 out base runners with defensive plays in the bottom of the 5th to keep the lead to 3-1. Osceola puts the 1st two hitters on with HBP by Callan and then Venice brings in 2020 uncommitted sidearm pitcher Jacob Faulkner to control the damage, he gets the next 3 batters out. Venice hitters would come up the bottom of the inning to score 3 more runs on 2 hits, 2 walks and error to make the final score 6-1. Venice will take on Creekside next week on May 31 at 4pm in Ft. Myers for 7A state semi-finals game.



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