ST. PETERSBURG — At the Baron Classic, Dunedin opened its season with a game against Clearwater Central Catholic, a familiar opponent that has given the Falcons trouble in previous tournaments.
Much like their recent meetings, the game was close with Dunedin pulling out a 2-1 victory Wednesday.
“It’s always a tough game against (CCC),” Falcons coach Tom Hilbert said. “They’re always scrappy and are going to give us everything.”
In the first inning, Dunedin (1-0) went ahead on a home run by Andrew Brodbeck down the rightfield line. The Marauders tied the game off a wild pitch in the second inning.
In the third inning, the Falcons scored what would be the winning run when Mike Tipton singled, stole second, then came home on a double by Casey Turgeon.
That was all Dunedin starter Mike Clarkson needed. The USF commit pitched 42/3 innings before giving way to three relievers.
The Falcons will play Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at 7:15 tonight, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game against host St. Petersburg Catholic.
The Barons made it to the final by beating Bishop McLaughlin 5-4 on Monday and knocking off IMG Pendleton 2-1 on Tuesday.
In the game against IMG Pendleton, SPC’s Justin Tedder threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 12 for the win.
“Our pitching has really been strong in the tournament so far,” Barons coach John Vigue said.
The tournament has been characterized by tight games with each one decided by a run.