TARPON SPRINGS — East Lake came to Tarpon Springs hoping to avenge a 7-1 loss to the Spongers in February.
But the tone was set early Friday as the Spongers scored five runs in the first inning, four in the third and added another in the sixth, blasting through three Eagles pitchers for 11 hits and nine earned runs in a 10-4 victory. Spongers starter Caleb Koulianos went five innings, struck out three, walked four and gave up three earned runs.
“Even though it’s not a district game anymore, we don’t have to get up for the East Lake game,” Spongers coach Dickie Hart said.
The Spongers leapt out of the gates. District-leading base-stealer Cole Miklavcic singled, was moved to second, then scored on a blooper from senior Tommy Grill that just got over the first baseman’s head.
“Any time he gets on first base, he’s at second by the next pitch,” said Grill, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two RBIs, and two runs scored. “Then he gets over to third and a grounder can bring him in. He makes it easy for us.”
Senior Anthony Bariso knocked in another, then freshman Brendan Overton cleared the bases on a double to leftfield. Tarpon (9-3) went on another rally in the third when Bariso demolished a ball to deep left-center.
However, East Lake could not get the bats going. The Eagles (6-4) scattered four hits, one of which was a monster solo shot from senior Nathan Montano that cleared the rightfield wall.