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Hammerheads Playing for Championship
- Updated: September 8, 2012
The Jupiter Hammerheads won the Florida State League (High Class-A) southern division title on Thursday night, beating the St. Lucie Mets 11-7 in an offensive showcase. The win puts the Hammerheads in their first championship appearance against the Detroit Tiger’s affiliate the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The championship series starts tonight (Friday).
The Hammerheads struck first in the top of the first inning with a single from Ryan Fisher and a 2 RBI triple for Mark Canha followed by an RBI single by Alfredo Lopez to make it 3-0. An RBI-single by Taylor Krick and a two-run double by Terrence Dayleg in the top of the 4th put the Hammerheads up 6-1.
But, the Mets wouldn’t go away as St. Lucie put up 5 runs to tie it in the 5th, with the big blow being a 2 RBI double by Richard Lucas to tie the game at 6.
However, in the next inning the Hammerheads took back a 9-6 lead after a double by Taylor Krick, a bases loaded walk by Marcell Ozuna, and Fisher coming through with a 2 run single. 2 more runs in the eigth made it 11-6 Jupiter, before the Mets answered with a solo shot to make it 11-7 in the ninth.
Closer Michael Brady shut the door again, with Christian Yelich catching a fly ball in center field to end it, as Jupiter was crowed champions of the Southern Division.
Game MVP would have to go to Ryan Fisher who went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Rett Varner recorded the win for the Hammerheads in relief. Prospects Christian Yelich (0-3) and JT Realmuto (0-5) were held hitless.
Anthony Codella is a writer for Marlins Nation, follow them on twitter @ACodella130 and @Marlins_Nation.