Baseball roundup: Osceola gets spark it needs in eighth



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Wed. March 24, 2010 | Bryan Burns

Adam Lewis drove home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday to lead Osceola to a 5-3 road win over Dixie Hollins.
With the game tied at 2, Lewis singled to break the deadlock. Evan Hock, who went 2-for-4, followed with a double to bring home two more insurance runs for the Warriors.
Dixie Hollins loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, scoring a run to cut the Warriors’ lead to 5-3, but Osceola pitcher Tyler Brown kept the Rebels from rallying any further to earn the complete-game victory. Brown gave up one earned run on six hits.
Taylor Layner went 2-for-3  and hit a home run.
Tim King was Dixie Hollins’ big hitter, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. 
Rebels starter Joey Odom went the full eight innings. He gave up 12 hits but picked off four baserunners. He finished with five strikeouts.
Pinellas Park 6, Largo 0
Donnie Norris threw a complete-game shutout to lead the homestanding Patriots over Largo.
Norris allowed just three hits while striking out 11 to improve to 3-2.
Allen Mead scored two runs with a two-out single for Pinellas Park. Ryan Reinoso had a triple and Kaleb Paulton added a double for the Patriots (8-4).
Pinellas Park, which led 3-0 after  two innings, scored three more runs in the third to put the game out of reach.
St. Petersburg 7, Countryside 2
Dylan Benedict pitched seven complete innings against Countryside and allowed only three hits to pace St. Petersburg in a road win over district foe Countryside.
Benedict had 13 strikeouts and is 3-1.
Chris Davis was the Green Devils’ leading hitter, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs.  St. Petersburg (7-5) hosts Sarasota on Friday night in a  matchup that will go a long way in determining the No. 1 seed for the district tournament.


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