Hardy allowed only one hit in seven innings pitched, striking out 13 batters.
In the bottom of the third OHS sophomore Braison Crews brought in what would turn out to be the only run of the game. But with the way Okeechobee’s defense was playing, that was all that was needed.
Crews, Jayce Markham, and Orlando Arana all had one hit for the Brahmans. Okeechobee batters drew seven walks on the night.
The victory over Port St. Lucie is Okeechobee’s second of the season so far, bringing their record to 2-3 as the Brahmans head into the bulk of their season in March and April. Next the Brahmans travel to take on another team coming off a win over Port St. Lucie, the Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds beat PSL 5-4 back on March 4, in a game with a much different feel than when the Brahmans faced the Jaguars. Lincoln Park and PSL combined for 22 hits in their matchup. The Jaguars tied the game in the top of the seventh to force extra innings and Lincoln Park finally took the win in the ninth inning.
Lincoln Park is 3-2 this year and has had to go to extra innings in the last three times of those five games. Okeechobee has only played on game into extra innings this season, a 7-6 loss to Jensen Beach.
The Brahmans won’t be back home again until the end of the month when they host a two-game homestead against Centennial on March 24 and Martin County on March 26.
The Brahmans travel to Fort Pierce to take on the Greyhounds at 6 p.m. on March 12.