High school seniors from Collier County played a significant role in the Gold team's 12-3 win against the Orange at the Bartley's Baseball Senior All-Star Classic on Wednesday night at City of Palms Park, the former spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.
The Gold featured seven players from Collier schools.
Lely's Kit Fowler pitched flawless third and fourth innings, retiring the side in order both times.
"I felt good," Fowler said. "I got out there and I had to feel out the mound, but after about the first five pitches I was good about it."
Fowler retired Mariner's Jason Carmichael on a grounder, Cypress Lake's Ryder Albright with a strikeout and Cypress Lake's Teft Hill on a grounder in the third. In the fourth, Fowler fanned Cape Coral's Brandon Marshall and then retired Fort Myers' Brandon Sanger and Mariner's Charlie Klein for a perfect night's work.
Fowler said he was glad to be among the 47 players selected for the game.
"It's an honor to be mentioned as one of the best in Southwest Florida," Fowler said. "All these guys are going to colleges. They're all top class players. This is just a great atmosphere."
Barron Collier's Brendan Long kept the good vibes going on the mound for the Gold. Long fired two strong innings after he replaced Fowler. Long allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but then retired the next five and he picked off a runner.
Long also delivered at the plate with a RBI single in the seventh. His Cougar teammate Chris Schaedel also had an impressive game for the Gold. Schaedel went 2-for-2 and scored two runs. He drilled singles up the middle in the seventh and eighth innings.
Community School's Tom Klevanosky and St. John Neumann's Dylan Woods were defensive standouts in the infield for the Gold. Klevanosky was busy early in the game as he made tough stops for outs going to his left and to his right that helped keep the Orange off the base paths.
Palmetto Ridge's Mitch Rivenberg was a catcher for the Gold.
The Orange squad featured just two players from Collier County: Naples' Leo Rill, who played third base, and Seacrest's Jeffrey Ortiz, who saw action on the mound late in the game.