The Winter Garden Squeeze saw their inaugural season come to an end Friday night with a 5-1 loss to the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in Game Three of their Florida Collegiate Summer League Playoff Series.
The Squeeze, who had won Game One of the series before dropping the next two games of the best-of-three, were limited to just one hit on Friday night. Winter Garden put the ball in play plenty throughout the game but, outside of a double by Miguel Ceballos, couldn't catch any breaks.
"We squared up a lot of balls, we just didn't find any holes [in the defense]," Squeeze head coach Ruben Felix said. "We probably had eight good hits and nothing to show for it."
Winter Park's Devin Raftery was on his game in 7.1 innings of nearly flawless work and received the win — and win that sent he and his teammates to Sunday's FCSL Championship at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
"To me, [Raftery] ... he's probably one of the best pitchers in the league," Felix said. "You need guys who can pound the zone down and he's a guy that does it ... my hat's off to him."
Ceballos, in addition to having Winter Garden's only hit, scored the team's only run after an errant throw while he was stealing based allowed him to take home, too.
The Squeeze finished their first season in the league in third place in the regular season, going 22-18, and went 1-2 in the playoffs.
Be sure and pick up next week's paper for a full recap of the Winter Garden Squeeze's first season in the FCSL and additional coverage.