DeNoyelles Delivers Two Big Hits in Polk Victory
Sophomore Cody DeNoyelles (Windermere) rapped a one-out, bases-loaded single to right field to give the Eagles their second dramatic victory in two days as Polk State College edged Daytona State College 3-2 Saturday in 10 innings in Winter Haven.
With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, Eagle sophomore Brett Jones (Plant City) led off with a double to center field off reliever John Sebelle.
Eagle sophomore Erik Hindmon (Ocala) sacrificed him to third on a fielder's choice.
With one out, sophomore Art Knight (Plant City) drew a walk to load the bases, setting the stage for DeNoyelles' hit.
DeNoyelles had also tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
He drilled a one-out single to center field to drive in freshman Sam Machonis (Tampa), who had walked.
"I was ready to go," DeNoyelles said. "I was setting up on a pitch that was up in the zone, then at least I could hit it to the outfield, " he said of his game-winner. "I got the job done. We got the win. I couldn't be happier."
"It was great to see a freshman step up and get two huge knocks," said Polk State College coach Al Corbeil. "In those opportunities we did some good things situationally."
The Eagles (4-1) had defeated Palm Beach State Friday night in the bottom of the ninth.
Former Winter Haven Blue Devil Cody Mizelle started Saturday for Daytona. Mizelle gave up one run on six hits over five innings and did not figure in the decision.
"Their starter threw exceptionally well," Corbeil said. "He threw three pitches for strikes. It's good for our club to see that. I like playing Daytona (2-2-1). I have a ton of respect for their coaching staff."
Polk led Daytona 1-0 in the third after sophomore Matt Singletary (Plant City) singled and scored on an error.
The Falcons scored a run in the sixth on two hits off starter Matt Pearce (Bonita Springs).
They added an unearned run on a squeeze play in the seventh to make it 2-1.
Eagle reliever Trey Norris (Frostproof) notched his second victory Saturday.
Norris did not give up a hit in one inning of work.
In addition, Knight came off the bench with a sacrifice in the ninth and freshman Ben Emery (Palm Harbor) came off the bench in the sixth with a double.
"It's nice to know we have flexibility," said Corbeil. "That's a plus and exciting to see that we can move guys around and match up arms."
Starter Pearce threw well, holding the Falcons to one run on four hits over six innings. He fanned five and walked one.
"He threw six quality innings," Corbeil said.
Polk State hosts St. Johns Tuesday at 5 p.m.