Melbourne Central Catholic Wins Class 5A Championship, Defeats Cardinal Gibbons 6-3 In Extra Innings
By Space Coast Daily // May 30, 2019
HUSTLERS WIN IN Extra Inning Thriller!
ABOVE VIDEO: Melbourne Central Catholic Press Conference after the Hustlers defeat Cardinal Gibbons 6-3 in 8 innings to claim the Class 5A State Championship.
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – Melbourne Central Catholic won the Class 5A State Championship in baseball on Thursday after defeating Cardinal Gibbons 6-3 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.
It is Melbourne Central Catholic’s second state championship title in baseball under head coach Tom Dooley and the first state championship for MCC in Class 5A. The first title was won in Class 3A in 2013.
The game started off with a pitching duel between MCC’s Jackson Taylor and Cardinal Gibbons Kenneth Morgan. Both pitchers only allowed a combine three hits through three innings.
Both teams got on the scoreboard by each tacking on a run in the fourth inning.
However, the Hustlers pulled away with the lead in the sixth inning with help from junior Zach Beolet who knocked in two RBIs on the day from the plate.
Taylor, a senior, went 5.1 innings and had one strikeout for the Hustlers. He ended his high school career only giving up one run and three hits on the day.
Cardinal Gibbons, down 3-1, rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning by scoring two runs, forcing extra innings.
MCC responded quickly in the top of the 8th inning by knocking in three runs to go up 6-3 and sealing the Class 5A Championship.
MCC pitcher Shea Justin is credited with the win for the Hustlers.
ABOVE VIDEO: Class 5A State Championship ? Awards Ceremony
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