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IMG blanks St. John's Country Day baseball: Live score updates

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The No. 2 and No. 3 three baseball teams in Florida will be on the baseball diamond together, Thursday, when IMG Academy hosts St. John's County Day.

IMG (7-1), ranked No. 6 in the SBLive Baseball Power 25, is back up to No. 2 in Florida after two impressive wins in South Florida last week, as the Ascenders knocked off Archbishop McCarthy and previously undefeated No. 4 Doral Academy.

St. John's is currently 7-0 and has scored a combined 27 runs in its last two games. The Spartans also on the verge of national ranking and a win at IMG would certainly enhance that cause.

Below is our Live Update Feed created and updated as the game progresses. Read from the bottom up to follow the action chronologically from beginning to end.

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Final: IMG 3, St. Johns Country Day 0

- IMG improves to 8-1 and Noah Franco picks up the victory, working five shutout innings. He was a little wild, with five walks, but got the big outs when he needed the. He struck out five.

- Blake Larson worked a scoreless sixth inning, despite loading the bases, and Oki Hosakawa struck out a pair, while allowing one hit, in a scoreless seventh to lock down the win for the Ascenders.

- Noah Franco, Sean Gamble and Dean Moss each had two hits for IMG, with Gamble getting the biggest blow of the day, a 2-run double to center. Moss had the third RBI. Leadoff hitter Josh Campbell also reached base twice with a pair of walks.

- Kolt Myers was the only St. Johns Country Day Player with two hits and the Spartans only had three as a team. Catcher Hunter Rodgers also reached base twice with two walks. The Spartans struck out eight times.

- Austin Stratman suffered the loss for SJCD. He made the start and tossed 3.1 innings. He struck out six batters, but gave up six hits and walked three. He was charged with all three IMG runs.

Top of 7th

- Gilson was St. Johns last hope, but he grounds into a fielder's choice for the final out of the game. IMG wins with a 3-0 shutout.

- Hosakawa goes right back to work and fans Alford on three pitches. Two outs.

- Myers singles to center for his second hit of the day giving the Spartans a base-runner.

- Hosakawa waists no time getting the first out. He strikes out Daneault on three pitches.

- SJCD will see a new pitcher in the seventh, as Oki Hosakawa comes on in search of the save. Larson allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless one inning outing for IMG.

Bottom of 6th

- Hanson pops out to first to end the sixth. St. Johns will come up in the seventh need three runs to tie.

- Moss singles to left to give IMG a two-out base runner.

- Geile grounds back to Bradley who throws to first for the second out.

- Miller grounds out to open the IMG sixth.

Top of 6th

- Larson, a TCU commit, works out of bases load, no out jam, getting Boylston to ground out to end the sixth.

- Larson fields a come-backer and forces to the lead runner at the plate. He then gets Sunderhaus swinging. There are now two outs but the bases are still loaded.

- Larson commits a second straight error for IMG, allowing Cole to reach and load the bases.

- Rodgers reaches on an error by third-baseman Modugno and the Spartans have two on with none down.

- Larson is greeted by a line single to center by Gilson.

- Franco's day is done as he is relieved by Blake Larson. Franco goes 5 shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five. He also allowed five walks.

Bottom of 5th

- Modugno cannot get the run home as he goes down swinging for the third out in the fifth.

- Gamble steals third.

- Gamble steals second before Moss pops out for the second out of the inning.

- Bradley strikes out LaLima for the first out.

- Gamble now has two hits as he opens the IMG fifth with a single.

Top of 5th

- Franco escapes the jam by getting Alford to ground out to first. IMG continues to lead, 3-0. He still has only allowed one hit.

- Franco yields his fifth walk as Myers reaches to load the bases.

- Deneault takes Franco to full count and then is plunked. SJCD has two on with two down as it tries to get on the board.

- Boylston flies out to right for the second out.

- Sunderhaus gets a one-out walk, setting the table for the top of the order. Franco has now walked four.

- Franco continues to deal, getting Briggs for his fifth strikeout.

Bottom of 4th

- On a 3-2 pitch Franco goes down swinging to end the inning. IMG adds another by SJCD got have fared worse. The Ascenders lead 3-0.

- Hanson is hit by a pitch to load the bases once again.

- Moss hits a fielder's choice grounder to second. Campbell is out at second, but Giele scores the Ascenders third run of the game. Runners on the corners with two down.

- Bradley walks the first bater he sees and the bases are loaded with one out.

- Stratman's day is now done. He throws 3.1 innings, striking out six, walking three, allowing two its and two runners. Miller and Geile are also his responsibility. Trevor Bradley is now on for SJCD.

- Miller singles to right-center, chasing Geile to third.

- Stratman now has six strikeouts after fanning Modungo. Geile remains at first.

- Moss singles to start the IMG fourth and Gunner Geile comes on as the courtesy runner.

Top of 4th

- Cole pops out to short and the Spartans are still scoreless.

- Rodgers earns a two-out walk, ending a streak on seven straight retired batters for Franco.

- Gilson grounds out to short and we have two down.

- Franco starts the fourth with his fourth strikeout, as he gets Alford looking. He has allowed just one hit so far.

Bottom of the 3rd

- Stratman limits the damage with his fifth strikeout.

- We have our first score. Gamble drills a double to center, driving home Moss and Franco. IMG leads 2-0.

- Franco is now 2-for-2 as he singles on a 1-2 pitch.

- Stratman picks up his fourth K as he gets Hanson looking. One on with two outs.

- Moss reaches base for the second time with a one out walk.

Top of 3rd

- Franco gets a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of ground balls and flyout.

Bottom of 2nd

- Modungo is hit by a pitch to load the bases but Stratman gets out of it with another strikeout. His third.

- Moss singles and takes second as the throws goes to third where Moss is safe. Two on and two out.

- Franco gets picked up first and Cole draws a walk.

- Franco starts the winning with a single but Stratman strikes out of Gamble.

Top of 2nd

- Hunter Rodgers and Preston Cole draw back-to-back walks with one down, but IMG's Noah Franco strikes out the next two to keep the game scoreless.

Bottom of 1st

- Josh Campbell draws a leadoff walk, but SJC starting pitcher Austin Stratman gets a double-play ground ball and strikeout to end the threat.

Top of 1st

- St. John's go scoreless with one hit in the first from SS Kolt Myers.


- Starting lineups

St. John Country Day

  Kyle Boylston CF

  Kody Daneault LF

  Kolt Myers SS

  Seth Alford 3B

  James Gilson 1B

  Hunter Rodgers C

  Preston Cole 2B

  Collin Briggs DH

  TJ Sunderhaus RF

  -- Austin Stratman P


  Josh Campbell LF

  Dean Moss CF

  Josh Hanson RF

  Noah Franco P

  Sean Gamble 2B

  Jackson LaLima SS

  Dean Moss C

  Andre Modugno 3B

  Peyton Miller 1B

- First pitch is schedule for 3:00 p.m.