LAND O’ LAKES — Sunlake coach Dick Rohrberg has been the baseball coach for the Seahawks since 2009, and he said there was one other time he can remember beating Land O’ Lakes, which was during the 2010 campaign.
The Seahawks were able to clinch win No. 2 in Rohrberg’s book, but it wouldn’t have come without a standout performance from senior pitcher Austin Vogt, who pitched five innings and held the Gators to two hits en route to a 10-4 victory Friday night at Baisley Field in a Class 5A-District 8 matchup.
“I felt like the madder I got, the better I got,” Vogt said. “I felt like everything was working out there. This win can really go a long way for us.”
Vogt’s anger was taken out on the Land O’ Lakes lineup, which struggled to find consistency at the plate against mostly off-speed pitches as the Seahawks ace struck out five batters.
The Gators (5-2, 4-2) had their opportunities but could not cash in, as they left seven runners on base.
Sunlake (4-2, 4-2) didn’t waste many of its chances to score once runners got on base, scoring in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings against three Land O’ Lakes pitchers. The Seahawks chased off Gators starter Kirby Osborn just before the fifth inning, with Sunlake carrying a 6-1 lead through four.
Land O’ Lakes made it 6-4 heading into the last inning, but Sunlake added four runs to put it out of reach. The Seahawks racked up nine total hits and walked four times.
“Hopefully this win puts us in the right direction moving forward,” Rohrberg said.