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5A-9 baseball: Dunedin pounds Tarpon Springs; East Lake cruises

DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Falcons are on a nine-game win streak, but it was more than just that for home team to smile about after Wednesday's 12-2 victory over Tarpon Springs in the Class 5A, District 9 semifinals.

Among the happy statistics: Dunedin had 15 hits, eight coming from the Nos. 6-9 hitters in the lineup.

Kyle Kunnen, the No. 8 hitter, went 3-for-3, including a double and triple, to lead the Falcons. The second baseman also made two diving stops in the field to prevent hits.

"I was just able to find the holes when I was up to bat," Kunnen said. "We're really starting to hit as a team, especially at the bottom of the order."

Dunedin's win streak started after coach Tom Hilbert tweaked the lineup by inserting shortstop Casey Turgeon as the leadoff hitter. The Falcons (20-9) have scored seven or more runs in their past eight wins.

"We've really got things rolling right now," Hilbert said.

The surge in runs was more than enough for Dunedin starter Alex Norris, who allowed five hits in four innings.

The Falcons, the defending Class 5A state champs, will play East Lake in Friday's championship game.

The Eagles cruised to an 11-1 victory over Clearwater in the other semifinal.

East Lake had just five hits, but was able to take advantage of six errors and seven walks by the Tornadoes.

The Eagles' Nick Franz allowed just three hits.

"I felt like I was in control on the mound the whole game," Franz said. "And it helped the way we were able to swing the bats and make contact to score some runs."

5A-9 baseball: Dunedin pounds Tarpon Springs; East Lake cruises 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:11am]
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