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DUNEDIN — If there is a script East Lake coach Dan Genna would like his team to follow, it’s get a few runs early and let the pitching and defense take over. The Eagles followed that script to perfection Tuesday night in a 3-0 win over Countryside in the Dunedin Baseball Tournament at Englebert Complex.
East Lake scored twice in the first, added another in the fourth and let pitchers Eric Hanhold and Tyler Ramsey nail down the win.
Hanhold scattered three hits while walking four. Ramsey pitched two innings and got out all six batters he faced. Countryside left eight on base.
“With Hanhold on the mound we think that if we can get two runs we can win the game,” Genna said. “And then with Ramsey on the mound, he has been spectacular for us. We don’t even hesitate to put him in there.”
The Eagles got to Cougars starter Eric Russell in the first thanks to four straight singles to start the game. Garrett Franklin drove in the first run with a single to plate Justin DiSanto. Troy Strominger followed with an RBI single.
East Lake made it 3-0 in the fourth when Andrew Prozzillo knocked in Keegen Maronpot.
The Cougars left the bases loaded in the second inning, and As the game wore on, Hanhold got stronger. Then Ramsey came in to shut things down.
“It took me a while to get going,” Hanhold said. “But I was able to settle down and throw strikes.”
Clearwater Central Catholic 5, Dunedin 1: Carter Cashman pitched five solid innings and hit a first-inning home run to lead the Marauders. Host Dunedin will not have a chance to win its own tournament, while CCC is in the hunt for back-to-back championships. Also helping in the win was David Paul, who had two RBIs and pitched the seventh inning to earn a save.
“We’ve continued to hit the ball, and we got some pop from Carter,” Marauders coach Todd Vaughan said. “This is not only a good win for us now, but hopefully it will also help us down the road.”
Tarpon Springs 3, River Ridge 0: Anthony Bariso pitched a complete-game five-hitter and Brendan Overton had two doubles to pace the Spongers. Cole Miklavcic and Michael Dunnigan had RBI singles.
“We really looked good on defense,” Spongers coach Dickie Hart said. “We turned some key double plays that got us out of trouble. And (Bariso) just throws strikes.”
Osceola 10, St. Petersburg Catholic 2: The Warriors scored four in the first and added five more in the second to jump out early against the Barons. Jaret Helinger keyed a second-inning rally with a bases-clearing triple. Keith Weisenberg went five innings to get the win and improve to 5-1.
“We put the ball in play,” Osceola coach Stefan Futch said. “We’ve kind of been slumping in the last six games, but we were able to string some hits together.”
Palm Harbor University 2, Canterbury 1: The Crusaders got their leadoff hitter to third with no outs in the seventh, but were unable to score the tying run.