Sports fans were treated to a fun doubleheader at Harmony High School Wednesday.
Games were going on at the same time on the Longhorns softball and baseball fields, which back up to each other; stand in the right place and you can see both games.
In baseball, the Longhorns won their second in a row, besting rival St. Cloud, 4-1. Jordan Navarro and Angel Allende’s sacrifice flies in the first and third innings gave Harmony the lead, Jackson Joseph’s RBI single stretched it, and pitchers Michael Smith and Pablo Torres kept the Bulldogs (2-4) at bay. Alex Maldonado went 3-for-3 and swiped two bases.
Josh Jacobs had two of St. Cloud’s four hits and drove in its lone run.
“We’ve got a lot of sophomores and juniors playing with senior leadership bringing them along,” HHS Coach Heath Williams, a St. Cloud alum, said. “We played a juggernaut schedule
The Longhorns get back at Thursday against Bradley Central, Tenn. before heading to Pompano Beach for a Spring Break tournament starting Tuesday.
But, on the softball field, history was made as Liberty, 6-0 for the first time, defeated Harmony for the first time ever, and did it in whopping 18-2 fashion. The Chargers have scored double-digits in runs in each of their wins, which have all also been by double digits. The first six hitters of the game, including seniors Michelle Santiago (center field), Sydney Marrero (pitcher), Emma Stevens (first base) and Morgan Bates (left field) reached base and scored five runs in the first inning and six in the second to take a big lead early.
“Their energy has really been driving the club,” LHS Coach Kathrin Pennanen said. “They practice with it, the play with it, and with that attitude we feel like we can compete with anyone we play.”
The Chargers will take off for Spring Break and return to the field March 24 hosting Celebration.
The Longhorns try to regroup Thursday hosting East River at 6:30.