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Venice Sets Team Record With 16th Straight Win

The Venice Indians celebrate on the field at CoolToday Park after their 8-0 shutout win on April 5th, 2024, set a new team record with their 16th straight victory.

Some stories just play out like a perfect symphony. Celebrating a unique historic moment for the Venice baseball program was only further highlighted by the setting, as the Indians set a new team record for consecutive wins while playing in a showcase contest at CoolToday Park. Venice earned an 8-0 shutout victory over the Charlotte Tarpons on April 5th, 2024, to set the record, with their 16th straight victory.

After taking a 1-0 loss to the Dunedin Falcons in the season opener in the Steve Georgiadis Tournament, Venice did nothing but win. The Indians rolled through their usual tough schedule, and suddenly a team record was within reach that coincided perfectly with the grand stage of CoolToday Park.

Now the 2024 team will always be known for this esteemed record, which closed at 16 after the Indians were defeated by the Braden River Pirates their following game. Yet as the streak came to an end, it only further highlighted its achievement and how difficult it is to win that many games in-a-row.

Carter Cox made the start and earned the win for Venice in the Indians 8-0 win over Charlotte at CoolToday Park. *Photo from @CoolTodayPark.

With the record on the line, the Indians brought their best game to the field. They held the Tarpons (8-9) scoreless throughout, as Carter Cox set the tone with four-and-a-third shutout innings to earn the victory. Cox allowed two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven. Venice then relied on a string of four total relievers to close things out, as August Backman, Nate Dunn, Logan Stephens and Simon Yochum all played their part to preserve the shutout.

The Indians broke the game open with a monster fourth inning that supplied all the runs they needed, as the offense erupted for seven runs to take control. Graham Houston and Cox both singled and then Brodie Whitlock reached on an error that loaded the bases, as Houston then got the scoring started by coming home off a passed ball.

Charlotte’s Dylan Klossner bats against the Venice Indians in their game at CoolToday Park on April 5, 2024. *Photo from @CoolTodayPark.

Brady Schumaker followed by busting it open with a two-RBI single to center, and David Dubrule worked a walk to get the chain moving. Jon Embury was next with a double to left that plated Dubrule, and Jackson Lucas also had a double that drove in two more runs. Houston then came back around to cap it off with an RBI single that drove Lucas across the plate.

Venice added one final run in the sixth. Jason Allaire had a base hit to center that drove in Justus Crockett, who led off the frame with a single to center.

Overall, it was a tough day for Charlotte. Edwin Feliciano led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a double, accounting for two of the team’s three hits.

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