Lake Minneola tops Real Life 4-2 for Whetro’s 500th career victory

Lake Minneola's Daniel Marinacci (15) slides into home plate at a game during Thursday's game against Real Life Christian Academy in Minneola. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

MINNEOLA — Daniel Marinacci and Keegan Jay Zinn had two hits apiece and combined for three RBIs Thursday to back the three-hit pitching of Parker Fenton in Lake Minneola’s 4-2 win against Real Life Christian Academy. 

The win — the Hawks’ ninth in their last 10 games — was the 500th career victory for Lake Minneola coach Kerry Whetro.

Marinacci broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to right that scored Jo Jo Smiley and Zinn, who had singled to open the inning against Real Life southpaw Max Kurtz. Lake Minneola — which improved to 15-6 — added an insurance run in the fifth when Hunter French on a single to left by Zinn. 

That was more than enough run support for Fenton. The senior lefthander limited the Raptors to only one hit through the first five innings while striking out 10 in that span. 

Lake Minneola pitcher Parker Fenton (39) works during Thursday's game against Real Life Christian Academy in Minneola. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Real Life (11-5) scratched out a run in the sixth with Noah Clymer ripped a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch. The Raptors added their final run in the seventh when Gavin Hawkins scored on a ground out to second.

Lake Minneola pounded out 13 hits against Kurtz, who fell to 5-2 on the season. The Raptors’ senior started strong, limiting the Hawks to two singles through two innings, but the Hawks began to figure him out as the game wore on. 

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