DUNEDIN — Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert does not like to think of his team as young.
“It’s more of a new team,” Hilbert said.
But it still produces the same results.
Much like every other season, the Falcons pounced on an opponent in the first round of their annual spring tournament, beating Palm Harbor University 12-3.
Dunedin’s offense got going early Monday, scoring five runs in the first inning. But the Falcons stayed consistent with at least one run in each of the next six innings.
Aaron Chesson had the big bat for Dunedin, going 3-for-4 with a double and triple. The Falcons also took advantage of six walks and had three batters hit by pitches.
“We scored early and managed to adjust to a lot of different arms we saw,” Hilbert said. “We had some real high-performance at-bats.”
East Lake 12, Carrollwood Day 1: The Eagles cruised in an opening-round game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Justin DiSanto was the table-setter for East Lake, going 3-for-3 with four stolen bases and three runs scored. Teammate Grant Hodges was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
“We scored right away and put pressure on them throughout the game,” Eagles coach Dan Genna said. “We usually have trouble with the kind of pitching we saw, but we were able to make the adjustments.”
Osceola 6, Pinellas Park 4: After going 3-3 in their past six games, the Warriors bounced back with a big win in the first round. The crucial hit came from catcher Evan Hock, who hit a three-run triple in the fifth inning.
Clearwater CC 7, Canterbury 2: The Marauders are not known for their power, but they showed some as Carter Cashman hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give CCC a 3-2 lead.
“That’s probably the farthest we’ve hit a ball all season,” coach Todd Vaughan said.
CCC fell behind 2-0 in the first inning thanks to consecutive doubles from Harrison Hall and Dalton Hughes. The Marauders rallied with a run in the first, then scored twice on Cashman’s homer in the third to take the lead for good.
Troy Olmo picked up the win.
“We were able to give (Canterbury) trouble throughout the game and keep applying the pressure, which was good,” Vaughan said.
River Ridge 10, Calvary Christian 7: The Warriors trailed 10-1 in the seventh inning before coming back with six runs in a rally that fell short.
Zach Wolfe had a single, a double and three RBIs for Calvary. Matt Piatt, Dakota Hofmann and Nate Reed each also had two hits for the Warriors.
“It’s nice to see us respond the way we did,” Calvary coach Greg Olsen said. “We’ve had a good season so far. We just have to keep building on it.”