Braxton Davidson picked up his first career multi-career home run game, and Jeremy Walker tossed the first complete game of the season for the Florida Fire Frogs, as the home team walked away with a doubleheader split against the Jupiter Hammerheads with a 9-3 win and a 2-1 loss at Osceola County Stadium on Saturday.
Game One: Florida – 9, Jupiter – 3
Florida (25-33) jumped all over Josh Roeder (1-1) for a four-run first to start Saturday. Garrison Schwartz (2×3, R, BB) singled with one out and moved up to second on Brett Cumberland’s (1×4) single to right. Kurt Hoekstra (0x4, R) bounced into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for Jared James (2×4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) who deposited an RBI double down the line in right top push across Schwartz. Braxton Davidson (3×3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI) crushed a 3-1 fastball over the wall in right-center to cap off the opening frame.+
The advantage was more then enough room for Kyle Muller (1-1) to work with, as the southpaw picked up his first win as a Fire Frog with two runs allowed on seven hits and two strikeouts.
Jupiter’s (37-24) runs against the game-one starter came on a sacrifice fly to right by Roy Morales in the fourth, and an RBI groundout by Braxtno Lee in the fifth.
The Fire Frogs padded onto their lead with another four-run frame coming in the third. James left the yard against Roeder for his second home run in his last three games with one out in the inning to create a five-run cushion.
Jordan Rodgers’ (2×3, RBI) infield single with the bases loaded plated Davidson for the team’s sixth run of the day, and Cristian Pache’s (0x4, RBI) run-scoring fielder’s choice brought home Ray-Patrick Didder (1×3, R). An errant throw from Joe Dunand allowed Alejandro Salazar (1×3, R) to score the second run on the play.
Jon Kennedy tossed the final two innings, allowing a run on a double play off the bat of Lee in the seventh for the Hammerheads’ final run in the opener.
Game Two: Florida – 1, Jupiter – 2
Jeremy Walker (1-6) gave up an infield single to Aaron Knapp, and followed that with a two-run, opposite-field home run to Justin Twine to put the Fire Frogs in a 2-0 deficit. The right-hander calmed down after the long ball, allowing just two base runners through his final six innings of work.
The Gardner-Webb product went the distance in the loss, allowing the two runs on four hits and three strikeouts in his fifth quality start of the season.
Davidson (1×3, 2B, RBI) pushed across the only run of the game for Florida in the night cap with a double to center, bringing home Schwartz.
Dylan Lee (6-1) earned the win out of the bullpen for the visitors with two scoreless frames. Lukas Chiraldi put the go-ahead run on base in the seventh, but struck out pinch-hitter James to leave two runners on in the final inning.