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Indian River Wins State Tournament Opener

Indian River Wins State Tournament Opener

CLEARWATER, FL - The Indian River Pioneers kicked off the FCSAA State Tournament with a decisive 3-1 victory over Santa Fe College. The teams were locked in a pitcher's duel until the Pioneers broke the stalemate in the fourth inning with Kendal Bryant's sacrifice fly that brought in the first run of the game. The momentum continued into the fifth inning when Cambrie Todd delivered a spectacular solo home run to center field, contributing to the two-run inning that solidified the Pioneers' lead. J'dah Girigorie, batting seventh, proved to be a key asset, leading the offensive charge with two hits in three at-bats. The depth of the Pioneers' lineup was on full display as Todd, Bryant, and Presley Smith each had an RBI, highlighting the team's collaborative effort.

On the defensive end, Girigorie was nothing short of impressive, surrendering only three hits and one unearned run across a complete seven innings. With eight strikeouts and a solitary walk, the pitcher's dominance on the mound was a critical factor in the Pioneers' win.

This win sets a strong tone for the Pioneers as they advance through the tournament, showcasing both their offensive prowess and defensive resilience. 

Next up is Citrus Conference foe and defending National Champion Florida Southwestern. The teams split the regular season series and will face off again tomorrow night 7:00pm.


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