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Torres, Martinez Combine For Seven RBIs In Avon Park Win

With a name like the Red Devils, it’d only make sense that Avon Park’s players would wear their mascot with pride. Thursday night, though, the Red Devils offense acted like they saw nothing but red, hitting ball after ball in the right spot at the right time as Avon Park came away with a 14-4 blowout win over Mulberry in a five-inning game.

Everything that could have gone right for the Red Devils on Thursday went as planned, as the team notched nine hits — two of which came from starting pitcher Anthony Torres — and drew six walks against Bulldogs pitching. Avon Park came out off the bus and out of the gates swinging, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning following an RBI double from Josh Rivera and an RBI triple off Luis Martinez’s bat, one of three hits for the first baseman. The Red Devils then added another five runs in the second, with the big blow being an error during Gabe Gomez’s at-bat that allowed two runners to score.

After Mulberry scored two runs in both the second and third innings, the latter of which saw a ball from Christian Wheelis leave the park, Avon Park regained the momentum with a six-run fourth inning. Of all the big moments, the big blows were again the two-headed monster of Martinez and Torres, who both had two-run singles that put the lead at 11-4. The team’s final run would be scored when Josh Rivera hit a home run of his own to left field.

Taking the win in the shootout was Torres, who pitched four innings and struck out seven while throwing 59 percent of his 70 pitches for strikes. Alex Gomez closed things out for the Red Devils and pitched a perfect fifth inning, striking out two.

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