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Alexander Gonzalez - 11th round - RHP (Boca Raton Community HS)

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

by Cristina Ledra

Opponents and teammates alike marveled at the performance Boca Raton pitcher Alex Gonzalez turned in Tuesday night during the fourth-ranked Bobcats 2-1 upset of top-ranked Jupiter.

Gonzalez's five-hitter helped the Bobcats (8-1) escape with the victory.

"He was unbelievable," Boca Raton third baseman Sean Gallagher said of Gonzalez. "He was just shutting everyone down. He had movement on everything. That was one of the best performances I've ever seen him pitch."

With one out in the bottom of the second, a single and two walks loaded the bases for the Bobcats. Gallagher then hit a sacrifice fly to score Michael Tallet.

Andrew Flint followed with a single to drive in Gonalez to give Boca a 2-0 lead, which is all Gonzalez would need.

Jupiter (8-1) scored in the top of the third, taking advantage of Boca throwing and fielding errors.

Jupiter outhit Boca 5-3, but couldn't advance any runners past first base in the final four innings.

"This is a tough district and every game is going to be a big game. You have to come with your 'A' game and you can't make mental mistakes," Jupiter coach Doug Ferguson said. "But I thought the difference was their pitcher. He was just awesome. He had command of all of his pitches and he was spotting it up really well and he really shut us down. I really tip my cap to him."

Gonzalez had eight strikeouts and no walks.

"I threw a lot more fastballs than I did change-ups or curveballs and they couldn't hit them, so they struggled," said Gonzalez, who improved to 3-0. "But we're a good team and they're a good team, so I knew it was going to be a tough game."


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