West Boca Snappers Weekend Recap
By: Christian Katt
Six wins and zero losses in 49 hours.
A successful weekend is in the books for the reigning back to back South Florida Collegiate Baseball League Champion, West Boca Snappers.
To kick off the 6-0 road trip, the Snappers pitching staff held the Palm Beach Diamond Ducks to just three hits to secure a 3-1 victory in the seven-inning affair. Kale Litzelman (Murray State) got the win with three no-hit innings and then Nick Piñeda (Erskine College) shut the door with two no-hit innings of his own.
Later that day, the Snappers topped the Diamond Ducks again with a 7-1 victory. Louis Zayas (Palm Beach Atlantic) blew the game open in the top of the fourth with his three-run double to put the Snappers up 5-1. The Snappers bullpen provided four innings of no-hit ball to send the Snapper Gang home with a doubleheader sweep on Friday night.
On Saturday, the Snappers grabbed two close victories against the Boynton Beach Buccaneers at Harry Gribbon Field. A fourth inning complete with several wild pitches from Buccaneers LHP Hunter Furtado (Wake Forest) led to a three-run inning off of just one hit. That big inning gave West Boca a 4-0 lead that never was surrendered as they went on to win 4-3. Aiden McEvoy (Longwood University) got credit for the win, as he gave three innings of scoreless pitching.
To complete the double header sweep, the Snappers bested the Buccaneers in an 7-5 afternoon battle in extras. Chase Frady (Santa Fe College) ripped a solo shot to right field giving the Snappers just their third HR of the season.
The Snappers’ bats haven’t produced the power they are used to in the past due to their relocation to the pitcher friendly “Jake” Rubin Park at Palm Beach Atlantic. This, however, hasn’t tampered with their offensive production much. The Snappers still sit at the top of the SFCBL in the standings, with offensive firepower that’s good for second in the SFCBL in batting average, runs scored, and hits.
Adam Hunt (University of Tampa) contributed a 3-3 day with a double and two RBI’s in the Snappers winning effort in game two of the Saturday double header.
To finish off the weekend, the Snappers handed the Palm Beach Xtreme a pair of blow-out losses.
In game one, Matt Svanson (Lehigh University) got the win with four scoreless innings complete with six strikeouts. The Snappers won by the score 7-2 with two RBI’s from both Ross Maertz (Fairleigh Dickinson) and the newly acquired, Julio Cortez (University of South Florida). The Snappers never trailed and they were led by Derek Cartaya’s (Florida International University 3-4 day, scoring two runs.
In 2020, Cartaya has picked up where he left off in the SFCBL. Following his 2019 SFCBL MVP campaign, Cartaya has taken on a player-coach role while still producing at the top of the league. Cartaya is batting .432 thus far, good for second in the SFBL. Cartaya has already shown his experience as he provided a clutch game-tying base hit in the 8th inning of the Snapper’s comeback 4-3 win against the Boca Raton Blazers earlier in the weak.
In game two of Sunday’s Snappers-Xtreme double header, the floodgates opened for West Boca. A pair of six-run innings in the 5th and 6th gave the Snappers an insurmountable advantage, leading to a 14-4 victory. Louis Zayas and Ross Maertz combined for six hits and nine RBI’s in just seven innings of play.
The Snappers find themselves head and shoulders above the rest of not only the South Division, but the entire league itself.
Now at 13-2, winners of 9 of their last 10, the Snappers have dominated the SFCBL in their quest for a three-peat. There’s no doubt about it, the Snappers are hot.
The Snappers are back in action Monday June 29 as they take on the Florida Pokers at 7:00 p.m. at Palm Beach Atlantic’s “Jake” Rubin Park.