Florida Preseason Classic: Day 3 Recap

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PBR Florida Staff

Day 3 of the 2021 Florida Preseason Classic featured an early matchup with the host Vero Beach taking on Westminster Christian. Uncommitted 2022 Julian Hernandez got the start for Westminster and sat 84-87 T88 with the fastball. He went 3.2 innings allowing 1 run and striking out 4.

On the other side, uncommitted 2021 Steele Gately started for Vero sitting 83-85 with the fastball. He went 4 innings allowing 1 unearned run.

The game was tied 3-3 in the 5th after an RBI double by Jake Williams for Vero and an RBI single by D’Angelo Ortiz for Westminster. Vero Beach broke the game open in the 6th after two players came off the bench with big hits. Tracen Cameron came up with a 2-RBI double and Anthony Ragano followed with a 2-RBI single. Vero Beach would go on to win 8-3.

Game 2

Game 2 Wednesday night featured a highly anticipated matchup between IMG Academy and Calvary Christian Academy that did not disappoint. 2021 Miami commit Irving Carter started on the mound for Calvary sitting 92-95 mph with the fastball. Carter would go 3 innings allowing 2 runs with 2 strikeouts.

On the other side, featured a dominant performance by 2021 Virginia Tech commit Mason Albright for IMG. Albright sat 92-94 with the fastball and was lights out. He threw 4.2 shutout innings striking out 13 batters, including 11 straight. 2021 Arkansas commit Drew Gray followed Albright with 2.1 innings allowing 2 runs with 5 strikeouts. Gray sat 92-94 with the fastball that was up to 2800 rpms.

IMG was on the board early as 2021 NC State commit Tommy White drove in the first run on a ground out. 2023 LSU commit Brady Neal later followed with an RBI double.

Tommy White later broke the game open with a long solo home run that was 104 mph off the bat. Neal followed again with another RBI on a Sac Fly.

Calvary was able to get on the board in the 7th inning. 2021 North Alabama commit Jonathan Lane doubled for Calvary’s first hit of the day. 2021 FGCU commit Kyle Tako later doubled in 2 runs to bring the score to 6-2 which would be the final score.

Other Standouts

Elijah Green (IMG) - 2-3, 2 R
Stone Russell (IMG) - 1-3, BB, R (99 EV)
Erik Blair (Calvary) - 2.2 inn, 1 ER, 4 K (FB 86-88, CB 2800 rpms)


The Preseason Classic continues on Thursday with IMG Academy taking on American Heritage and Central Pointe Christian taking on John Carroll Catholic. Follow us on Twitter @PBRFlorida for all the coverage of the 2021 FL Preseason Classic.