No 5 Calvary Christian give No 2 American Heritage Their First Loss on the Season

Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

There were a total of fifteen committed players that stepped on the fiedler between No 5 Calvary Christian and No 2 American Heritage on Friday night. Two of the most talented teams, not only in the state but in the country, who see nearly every starting player move on to college or the MLB Draft matched up for a highly anticipated game at American Heritage. In front of a full house of parents, and students not only from Calvary and Heritage, but from across the county.

Bailey Mantilla would get the start on the mound frot American Heritage. He looks extremely solid early, not allowing a runner to reach base until the fourth inning. A big frame, the fastball came out of his hand well at 87-89 mph with some tilt action. He had a feel for the changeup early at 84-86 and would see multiple swing and misses on the pitch, while mixing a a quality curveball with depth at time at 74-76 mph.

Christian Scott would get the start for Calvary and would not come out of the gate quite as strong. Struggling a bit with command early, he would walk three in the first two innings while allowing a run on an RBI single from Julio Cortez. Although, when he came out in the third, he seemed to switch into another gear. The fastball went from 88-91 to 90-93 touching 93 mph , with late life in the zone, getting multiple swing and misses. He would also show a better curveball, with slurvy 11/5 action and tighter, later bite at 70-73 mph. He would strike out the side in the third and settle in there on out.

Despite cruising for four innings, a strange play with the runner being called safe on an exchange at first would kick start the fifth inning for Calvary. David Judge would reach on a bunt where Gavin Casas would attempt to get the runner advancing to third. With runners on second and third, a three ball, two strike count, MyKanthony Valdez would drive a fastball into the left-center field gap giving Calvary a 2-1 lead.



Calvary would add two more in the sixth thanks to singles from Dante Girardi and Raynel Delgado, who would score on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Roberto Pena. Pena would then come in to close in the seventh. Working 90-93  with a 74 mph slider and would allow one hit while striking out one before sealing the win on a groundout from Enrique Bradifeld.

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Christian Scott, RHP, Calvary Christian (2018)

MyKanthony Valdez, 3B/1B, Calvary Christian (2019)

Bailey Mantilla, LHP, American Heritage (2018)

Matthew Ruiz, OF, American Heritage (2020)

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