06/30/2018 8:22 PM
Derek Cartaya INF from Florida International University
Gavin Gillespie (Broward College) was lights out Friday night in Delray Beach as the West Boca Snappers defeated the Delray Beach Lightning 9-2 at Little Fenway Park. Gillespie struck out eleven Lightning batters in seven innings to earn the victory.
The rain had moved out of the area right before game time and the Delray Beach Lightning were looking to get back on track having lost nine of their last ten games. Ryan Langford, right handed pitcher from Florida Southern, took the bump for the Lightning. Langford would give up three earned runs on six hits in his three innings of work and he would take the loss, running his record to 2-3 on the season.
Derek Cartaya, a Florida International University junior, scored four times for the Snappers and shortstop Francisco Urbaez (Florida Atlantic University) added three RBI to lead the offensive charge against the Lightning. Urbanez increased his average to .340, going two for two in the contest. Thursal White (Lynn University) and Collin Moore (State College of Florida) would each record two hits and second baseman Thomas Archer (Lynn University) collected three hits in his five at bats on the night. Archer would also score twice.
Jake Buxabaum entered the game for the Lightning in the fourth inning and gave up only one earned run in four innings. The Lynn University sophomore kept the West Boca hitters off balance with his wide array of breaking pitches, but Buxbaum's solid outing in relief would go wasted as the Snappers scored two runs in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to put the game out of reach for the Lightning.
Ryan Powers (Kieser University) and Coby Smith (Anderson University) came in to the game for the Snappers in relief, and each recorded scoreless frames. The night belonged to Gillespie as he improved his overall record to 2-1. The Broward College lefty was in full command all night long giving up only four hits and one earned run. Gillespie kept the Lightning hitters off balanced all evening with precision on his tailing fastball and biting overhand hook. Gillespie lowered his ERA to 2.45 and all of his eleven strikeouts on the night were of the swinging variety. Gavin Gillespie made his statement Friday night as one of the top pitchers in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League and more than likely punched his ticket to the All Star game at Florida Atlantic University on July 15th. Gillespie has twenty-seven strikeouts in twenty seven innings this season. His control has been outstanding, placing the ball wherever he wants, whenever he chooses. Gillespie has walked only five opposing hitters and allowed a meager seventeen hits in his five starts this season.
The Snappers upped their record to 12-10, just two games behind the Pompano Beach Clippers in the South Division.
The next Game of the Week will be between the West Boca Snappers and the Boynton Beach Buccanners Thursday July 5th at six o'clock. Listen to all Game of the Week broadcasts over Teamline radio by accessing the link via the SFCBL website at southfloridacollegiateleague.com.