CLEARWATER — One down and four to go.
Dunedin began its quest for a second state championship in three years with a 14-1 romp over Largo at Jack Russell Stadium in the first round of the Class 5A region playoffs.
Next up for Dunedin (24-3) is its rival, Seminole (23-5), a team it has beaten three of four times this season, most recently a 4-0 victory in the Class 5A, District 11 championship game.
"It's going to be tough as it is facing our rival let alone having to beat someone four times in a season," said Dunedin senior Alex Norris, whose only two blemishes over his three innings of work were a hit batter and a hard-hit double. "But it's always tough playing them, so we're just going to have to bring our best."
The Falcons' best was clearly on display against the Packers as they scored four runs in the first inning then batted around in the order in a seven-run second in the mercy-rule game that ended in the fifth inning.
Casey Turgeon finished 2-for-2, including two monstrous homers, both two-run blasts that marked his sixth and seventh of the season.
Mike Clarkson and Kyle Kunnen each added a two-run double.
"We're just focused on taking one game at a time and not overlooking anyone," said Turgeon, who raised his batting average to .450. "We knew we had the potential to make some things happen this year. It's all about putting it all together."
Dunedin hosts Seminole at 7:30 p.m. Friday.