Late father inspires Winter Haven pitcher Dylan Deleo

In the bottom of the second inning with the scored tied 1-1 and an 0-2 count, Winter Haven pitcher Dylan Deleo began his wind up, reached back and hurled a high-80s fastball past Martin County batter Dylan Murphy.

Deleo struck out the side and kept the score tied, which eventually helped Winter Haven win the game 4-3 and advance the Blue Devils to a Class 6A-Region 3 semifinals for the fifth time in the six years David Schafer has been the team’s head coach.

In his first game pitching in the playoffs with Winter Haven, Deleo (5-3) finished the game with six strikeouts. And as he waltzed off the mound he thought, “Let’s go Dad.”

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