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West Boca Falls To Monarch Despite Cordero’s Grand Slam

Alex Cordero (center) celebrates in the dugout with his teammates Kyle Moses, Josh Richards, Matt Oberman and Ryan Powers after hitting a grand slam that put West Boca up 7-5 in the fifth.

Brett Beuchert took a pitch to the helmet that plated the winning run for Monarch in its 8-7 home win over West Boca on Wednesday. The wild game ended with pinch-runner Jeremiah Rivera crossing the plate to give the Knights a walk-off victory in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Alba delivered the big hit in the inning, an RBI single down the right field line, that scored pinch runner Troy Alexander with two outs to tie it at seven. Alexander came onto the bases and stole second in place of Max Wank, who walked with one out.

Alex Cordero’s grand slam to right center gave West Boca a 7-5 lead in the top of the fifth. Cordero’s second homer of the season came on a 2-1 fastball that he said he sat back on and hammered.

“On 2-0, I took a big swing and fouled off the fastball. The next pitch was the same thing, right down the middle, and it was a no-doubter,” said Cordero, who led Palm Beach County with 10 homers last season. “This one felt more hyped than usual. It brought our confidence up.”

But the Bulls were unable to hold off Monarch’s final rally.

“Our pitching didn’t get the job done today. Too many free passes,” Bulls manager Bobby Stallone said. “As long as our pitching is on, we have a chance. We are hitting and seeing the ball well.”

Beuchert got the win in relief, pitching two shutout innings, while allowing two hits, striking out two and walking none.

Both teams now look towards the district playoffs. Monarch (7-14) hosts Deerfield Beach in a District 11-9A play-in game on Monday. West Boca (4-17) takes on Olympic Heights in a District 14-7A opener Tuesday at Dwyer High.

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