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Jones’ Gem Leads Sarasota to Victory Over Seminole

The Sarasota Sailors continued their strong start to the 2016 season by defeating the visiting Seminole Warhawks by a score of 5-1 on Thursday evening. The win improves their record to a perfect 3-0 coming off a season that took them to the state finals.

Andrew Jones was sensational for the Sailors on the mound. In his second start of the year, the senior righty fanned seven and gave up just one knock through six innings of work.

Jones received all the run support he would need when Grant Horwitz and Adam Imwalle set the ball in motion for the Sailors by drawing a pair of lead off walks that would eventually turn into runs to start the bottom of the second inning. The Sailors tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth to remove any doubt about the outcome. Imwalle, Niel Long and Cole Madden all drove the second pitch of their at-bats into left field for base hits and eventually came around to score. For Madden, it was the third single of a perfect 3-for-3 evening.

The Warhawks prevented the shutout by plating an unearned run in the seventh inning. Caleb Johnson reached via an error to start the frame, moved to second on a single by Matt Tharp in the next at-bat and then came home on a sacrifice fly by David Siegel. From there, Sarasota reliever Brooks Larson settled down and recorded two straight outs to earn the save.

The loss is Seminole’s second straight, dropping it to 2-2 with a match up against Largo slated for Friday night. Sarasota will look to keep the ball rolling when it faces off against Freedom on Saturday afternoon.

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