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Varsity Game Recaps

4/2/09 - Osceola HS

IMG Academy entered Thursday's game versus a highly, overachieving Osceola squad and made sure to define its role as the bully on the Suncoast. IMG Academy cruised to a 5-1 victory behind a 2-hit complete game gem by starter Jimmy O'Neill. O'Neill allowed 1 unearned run over 7 innings and struck out 5. The Panthers scored 4 runs in the visitor's 1st behind John Ryan Murphy's 3-run home run and Connor McCarthy's RBI single. They tacked on another run in the 5th on Casey Mulholland's double to plate McCarthy. Next up, IMG Academy looks to win its second Seminole tournament this season Saturday night against Clearwater High School.

3/31/09 - Boca Ciega

IMG Academy opened the Seminole High School's 22nd annual Steve Georgiadis Spring Break Tournament with a 10-0 game shortened victory over Boca Ciega. It is the eighth time this year the Panthers have won via the mercy rule. Blaze Tart and Jesus Sanchez combined for 9 strikeouts over 5 innings of work on the mound and J.R. Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs, and Casey Mullholland went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the visiting Panthers. IMG Academy next plays 14-1 Osceola in the semi-finals of the tournament Thursday night.

3/27/09 - St. Pete Catholic

J.R. Murphy was 3-for-3, Gavin Patton 2-for-3 and Blaze Tart 3-for-4 for the Panthers, who improved to 18-0 after a 14-1 game shortened victory over St. Petersburg Catholic. All three hitters homered for IMG Academy, and pitcher Casey Mulholland struck out nine in four innings of solid work. Mulholland improved to 4-0 on the year and IMG Academy runs its record to 18-0 on the season.

3/25/09 - Ridgewood HS

IMG Academy travelled to Pasco County to take on Ridgewood High School on Wednesday night and slugged their way to a 16-5 game shortened victory. John Ryan Murphy hit a grand slam and gathered 5 RBIs to blow the game open in the 4th inning. Gavin Patton homered as well to go with his 3 hits and Blaze Tart went 3-for-3 with a home run shy of the cycle. Jimmy O'Neill (4-0) earned the win for IMG Academy who improves to 17-0 on the season and Patrick Waugh struck out the side to end the game after five innings.

3/24/09 - Lemon Bay HS

Tyler Rubino went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, and Julian Garcia went 2-for-2 with two runs scored to lead the host Panthers to a 5-1 victory over visiting Lemon Bay High School. Nick Mace had two hits, and Blaze Tart had two hits and three RBIs for IMG Academy (16-0). Tart (5-0) also earned the win, striking out six in five innings. IMG Academy will be on the road both Wednesday and Friday taking on Ridgewood and St. Pete Catholic before beginning a month-long stretch of tournament play in April.

3/19/09 - Hillcrest HS (Texas)

IMG Academy now stands at 15-0 on the season after a 13-2, 4 ½ inning victory over visiting Hillcrest (TX). IMG Academy was not very polite as hosts of a 3 game home stand against teams visiting from Oklahoma and Texas by outscoring the opposition 30-5 over the 3 games. Jimmy O'Neill earned the victory on the mound and Casey Mulholland and Gavin Patton each posted a double and a triple in the 13 hit barrage of Hillcrest's pitching. Patton finished a HR away from the cycle and Mulholland went 3-3 on the day. John Ryan Murphy added 2 triples of his own and Connor McCarthy added 2 hits including a double in the win.

3/18/09 - Roff HS (Oklahoma)

John Ryan Murphy was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the host Panthers (14-0) in their 6-2 victory over visiting Roff High School (OK). Gavin Patton was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Nick Mace was 2-for-3 to back winning pitcher Jesus Sanchez (2-0) in 5 innings of work. Michael Xirinachs also worked 2 more scoreless innings in relief as the Panthers continue to roll.

3/16/09 - Roff HS (Oklahoma)

In an early weekday matchup, IMG Academy handled Roff (OK) easily in a game shortened 12-1 victory at home. Casey Mulholland earned the win on the mound, throwing 5 innings and striking out 7. Patrick Waugh worked an inning in relief, posting zeros on the board. John Ryan Murphy continued his torrid hitting by going 3-4 with 4 RBIs and Cal Lambert ended the game in 5 ½ innings with a walk-off grand slam.

3/14/09 - Lemon Bay HS

IMG Academy cruised to a 5-1 victory over Lemon Bay on a rare Saturday afternoon game at Lemon Bay High School. Blaze Tart earned the win on the mound and Michael Xirinachs pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Tart. The offense was led again by John Ryan Murphy's 3 hits and Jack Daru and Cal Lambert each added 2 hits apiece for the 12-0 Panthers.

3/12/09 - Venice HS

Venice was limited to three hits for the second straight game as the Indians were shut out by The IMG Academy School, 10-0, on Thursday night at Venice High. Venice knew going into the game, it wouldn't be an easy non-district game. The IMG Academy School, a college prep school for IMG athletes located in Bradenton, had 14 seniors including six Division I prospects and an 10-0 record. Professional baseball scouts showed up two hours before game to watch the Panthers' starting pitcher Jimmy O'Neill, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior.

"They have some talented guys from all over the United States," said Venice coach Craig Faulkner. "Not really the team we needed to run into right now but we battled for five innings."

The Indians (1-7) did battle through four innings and only trailed 1-0 as the Panthers (9-0) scored a run in the second inning off Venice starter Michael Geeers. The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth inning. A hit batter, walk and fielding error loaded the bases for IMG Academy. John Ryan Murphy, who has committed to the University of Miami, followed by hitting a 400-foot grand slam off the top of the scoreboard in left field to clear the bases and give IMG Academy a 5-0 cushion. O'Neill (3-0), who didn't have a strikeout in the first two innings, got things rolling over the next five and finished with nine strikeouts and pitched a three-hitter. IMG Academy closed out the scoring with three runs in the seventh inning on one hit, hit batter, balk and two errors.”

3/10/09 - Clearwater Central Catholic

In their 2nd home game of the year, the IMG Academy Panthers gave the fans their money's worth in an all-out offensive explosion against visiting Clearwater Central Catholic. IMG Academy stumbled out of the gate early falling behind 4-0 going into the bottom half of the 4th inning. Casey Mulholland pitched well, but gave way to Tyler Rubino in the 4th and CCC's Patrick Camporini kept IMG Academy's hitters off-balance the first time through the lineup. John Ryan Murphy led off the bottom half of the 4th inning (and subsequently batted 3 times in the same inning) and it all went downhill from there. IMG Academy scored a record high 16 runs in the inning highlighted by Cal Lambert's 2 doubles and Gavin Patton's grand slam (after CCC elected to walk Murphy to get to Patton). Needless to say, the wind was taken out of the Marauders' sails and the home team went on to win 16-5 in a shortened, 4 ½ inning victory via the mercy rule. IMG Academy moves to 10-0 on the season and visits Venice High School under the lights Thursday, 7:30pm

3/6/09 - Sarasota Christian

Dillon Moyer had three hits, including a double, and John Ryan Murphy also doubled for the Panthers, who improved to 9-0 with their win over Sarasota Christian last Friday night. Cal Lambert added 3 hits of his own and Richard Baerga earned the win by pitching 3 scoreless innings en route to the 12-3 victory.

3/2/09 - Braden River HS

Casey Mulholland came in relief and struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced to lead the IMG Academy School baseball team to a 3-2 nine-inning victory over host Braden River on Monday night. Jimmy O'Neill pitched well in a no-decision effort before giving way to Mulholland. Mulholland also had a triple, and Blaze Tart hit a mammoth two-run homer in the 6th inning to tie the game at 2-2. Connor McCarthy scored the game-winning run after leading off the top of the 9th with a double. Tyler Rubino went 2-for-4 and had the game-winning RBI plating McCarthy in the 9th. Currently, Tart leads the Panthers with home runs with 3 and Mulholland paces the pitching staff with 26 Ks.

2/27/09 - Clearwater Central Catholic

IMG Academy traveled to arch-rival Clearwater Central Catholic and walked away with a hard fought 8-6 victory to bring their record to 5-0 on the year. Blaze Tart got off to a rocky start walking 6 of the first 9 batters and allowing 5 runs in the 1st inning. Tart settled in to get the win and relievers Richard Baerga and Casey Mulholland pitched 2 and 1 scoreless innings respectively both striking out 2. Connor McCarthy scored 3 times on 2 hits and John Ryan Murphy drove in 2 while collecting 2 hits of his own for the visiting Panthers.

2/24/09 - Sarasota Christian

Fresh off their championship performance in the Seminole Warhawk Hitting Invitational, the IMG Academy Panthers continued their winning ways beating Sarasota Christian 7-3 in their home opener. Jesus Sanchez earned the victory striking out 8 in 4 2/3 innings and Connor McCarthy earned the save in relief. Julian Garcia, Tyler Rubino, and Michael Xirinachs all gathered two hits to lead the offense and Garcia and John Ryan Murphy scored two runs each.

2/16-21/09 - Seminole Hitting Academy Invitational

The Varsity Panthers opened up its 2009 campaign with a resounding display of offense, pitching, and defense by winning the Seminole Warhawk Hitting Academy Invitational. IMG Academy won its 3 games in the tournament by a combined score of 41-17 by beating Countryside in the opener, 13-4, Cardinal Mooney in the semi-finals 10-8, and Lakewood Ranch in the final, 18-5. Blaze Tart got things going on Monday night in the opener by silencing Countryside's bats with 8 strikeouts and allowing 2 hits over 5 innings on the mound and with a 2-run home run at the plate. Cal Lambert added 3 hits and John Ryan Murphy and Connor McCarthy each added 2 hits to pace the offense. Thursday night brought the marquee matchup that everyone in the Manatee County area, scouts, and baseball people alike have waited for since last year.

A strong Cardinal Mooney team led by its ace RHP Michael Heller had all intentions of ruining IMG Academy's hope to reach the Hitting Academy finals in back-to-back years. But 3 runs, 4 stolen bases, and timely hitting by John Ryan Murphy in the 1st inning set the winning pace for starter Jimmy O'Neill to follow. A hard fought game with 4 lead changes eventually landed in IMG Academy's favor with Richard Baerga getting the win in 1 1/3 strong innings in relief of O'Neill. Nick Mace scored 3 times on 2 walks and a single. Gavin Patton plated 2 runs with a double, while also scoring 2 runs of his own and Murphy did the same in his day's work.

All of IMG Academy's hard work throughout the week led to a showdown with local rival, Lakewood Ranch HS in the final. Needless to say, the Panthers were more than ready to avenge last year's final loss by putting up 12 runs in the visitor's half of the 1st inning against the home Mustangs. The Panthers' first 7 hitters all reached base and John Ryan Murphy highlighted the first by hitting a 3-run homerun and a grand slam all in the opening frame. Blaze Tart added his 2nd home run of the tournament to go along with his solid pitching performance and Casey Mulholland dazzled on the mound by striking out 7 in his 3 innings of brief work on the mound as starting pitcher. John Ryan Murphy was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and teammate Blaze Tart joined Murphy on the All-Tournament team.

IMG Academy will travel back to Seminole at the end of March to participate in the Warhawk's Steve Georgiadis Memorial Spring Break Tournament

2/10-12/09 - Clearwater HS Pre - Season Classic

The IMG Academy Panther Varsity baseball team opened 2009 with an impressive showing in the Clearwater High School Pre-Season Classic. The Panthers played both games at historic Jack Russell Stadium, previously the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. One thing that was evident, it seemed as if the Phillies never left with the strong Major League scout contingent that lined the bleachers.

IMG Academy started the season with a 5-1 victory over Clearwater HS in 8 innings. The offense was paced by Cal Lambert's 2 hits and 7 of the 9 starters collected a hit in the victory. Blaze Tart left an impression on the 20+ scouts by throwing 7 strong innings and giving up no earned runs with 5 strikeouts. The second game of the classic pitted IMG Academy vs. Palm Harbor and the dense fog in the Clearwater area. The weather didn't stop the bats from working as IMG Academy collected 13 hits paced by John Ryan Murphy's 3, including 5 RBIs in the 13-3 shortened, 6-inning affair. Jimmy O'Neill and Casey Mulholland worked the game on the hill striking out 6 and 5 respectfully.

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