DUNEDIN — Thirty-eight hits and 33 runs — that's what Dunedin produced in three games to wrap up the Class 5A, District 9 baseball title.
On Friday, the Falcons clinched the title with a 12-2 victory over East Lake in five innings. It was a repeat of the semifinals, when Dunedin knocked out Tarpon Springs 12-2. In both games, the Falcons had 15 hits.
"This is the way we play," Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert said. "Good defense, good pitching and we can swing it a little."
Alex Norris had three hits in his first three at-bats — his first was a triple to left, his second a three-run triple to right. "I've never started a game with two triples," he said. "The ball just seemed to rattle around in the corner. I don't have too much speed, but I got on base."
Casey Turgeon was 3-for-4 with a double, and Mike Clarkson was 3-for-4 with three singles.
Norris said it was a typical hitting night for the Falcons (21-5). "We didn't know it was going to end short of seven," he said, "but we're going to put up as many runs as we can and put as much pressure on them as we can."
Ryan Reedy went seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Ryan Hughes had two of those hits for East Lake (17-10). In the fifth, the Eagles pulled to 8-2 after a Falcons error and singles by Morgan Cowan, Billy Nugent and Hughes. But Dunedin answered in the bottom half with six hits and four runs.