NFC makes easy work of Pensacola Christian

NFC makes easy work of Pensacola Christian


NFC makes easy work of Pensacola Christian


North Florida Christian pitcher Carson Sands first pitch was his “worst.” It hit a bat, resulting in a ground out.

Everything else the left-handed Florida State signee threw turned into swing-and-miss gold.

Sands struck out the next eight Pensacola Christian batters on his way to tossing three perfect innings, as the Eagles won 10-0 in five innings Thursday night in a Region 1-1A quarterfinal at Tallahassee Community College.

“I’m sure he knew a fastball was coming down the middle first pitch of the game, so good for him,” Sands said with humor about his only ball put in play.

“If it’s an easy team to beat, then as a pitcher you just have to do your thing. You have to get locked in and get strike one, strike two, strike three, get ahead in the count, get guys out.”

Jared Barnes, Logan Dungey and Landon Seymour all had two-run hits for the Eagles (22-4), and Matthew Railey drove in a run on one of his two doubles as NFC put up four runs in both the first and third innings. Six of the Eagles’ nine hits went for extra bases.

“We hadn’t been sitting around, we’d been practicing, but it’s hard to wait,” said Eagles coach Mike Posey after his team waited two days to play because of rain delays and still needed to switch venues to find a playable field. “Sometimes when you wait, you get impatient and anxious, but the kids did a good job.”

Sands’ quick departure allowed Posey to work three other seldom-used arms, with the relievers combining to yield just two baserunners, one being a hit by the Warriors’ Spencer Hass. If Sands (9-1) had stayed in, a perfect game felt imminent against Pensacola Christian (5-10).

“Carson is dominant,” Eagles catcher Barnes said.

“Every time he goes out, he has the mindset that he’s going to dominate. That’s the mindset you have to have every time you go out. He’s really adapted to that attitude very well. At this point, he’s just doing what he’s supposed to do, and that’s be dominant, especially at the high school level. He’s working hard just like the rest of us and his numbers show for it.”

Barnes ended the game in fashion, depositing his eighth home run of the year over the left-field fence for an innings-shortened victory. NFC will host a regional semifinal game next Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve been working all week and the swing has felt really good, especially today in the cage,” Barnes said. “You never expect to hit a home run, period, but I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve had more power this year than any year I’ve had before. It’s just hard work.”


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