CLEARWATER — After 41/2 scoreless innings Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert asked his team to do something it rarely does.
Lay down a sacrifice bunt.
"We rarely bunt, actually we usually don't bunt at all," Hilbert joked. "But tonight we were able to get it done and it made all the difference."
Sacrifices in the fifth and sixth innings led to separate three-run outbursts as the Falcons defeated East Lake to advanced to tonight's district championship game against Seminole at 7:30.
Dunedin (22-3) used a strong effort from starting pitcher Alex Norris to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard until the Falcons were able to breakthrough.
"Alex pitched one heck of a game," Hilbert added. "Actually it was a very well pitched game on both ends."
Ben Emery hit a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning that gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead.
After the Eagles scratched across a run in the top of the sixth, Dunedin came up with three more runs. First Norris drew a bases-loaded walk and Mike Clarkson added a two-run infield single to give the Falcons a 6-1 advantage.
Norris retired the Eagles in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.
"I was able to use my fastball, change up and slider tonight," Norris said. "It was nice to have all three pitches at my disposal."