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Thu. April 14, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

ST. PETERSBURG — Shorecrest continued to roll through regionals, beating Bradenton Christian 4-1 Thursday in the second round of the Class A matchup at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

After sweeping all singles matches in Tuesday’s win over Community School of Naples, the Chargers started with a loss at the top of their lineup.

Garrett Betsarakis was defeated by Bradenton Christian’s Dominic Cotrone 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. But Shorecrest cruised the rest of the way as Alex Saltiel (No. 2), Nick Litsky (No. 3), Brendan East (No. 4) and Logan Elder (No. 5) won.

On the girls side, after the singles matches Shorecrest was down 3-2 and needed to win both doubles matches to move on as a team against powerful Bradenton St. Stephen’s.

The scenario was much like Tuesday’s region match when the Chargers rallied in doubles to beat Sarasota Out-of-Door.

This time the result was different.

It took a while, but St. Stephen’s took No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to win 5-2.

Shorecrest’s victories in singles came from Savannah Roy at No. 2 and Halee Moore at No. 5.

“The girls hung in there and played well against some tough competition,” Chargers coach Matt Litsky said.

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