DUNEDIN — In the first four innings, Dunedin drew walks and had a few timely hits against Seminole.
But the Falcons couldn't score.
They left seven batters stranded as Warhawks starter Joey Krehbiel constantly worked out of jams, including a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the first inning in which he struck out the final three.
In the fifth, it appeared as if Dunedin would come away empty — again. The Falcons had bases loaded and no outs.
But after getting the first two batters out, the Warhawks had a wild pitch that allowed Casey Turgeon to score. That was all Dunedin needed in a 1-0 victory in a key Class 5A, District 11 game.
The victory put the Falcons (8-1, 3-1) in first place in the county's tightest district race. It also helped Dunedin exact some measure of revenge against the team that beat the Falcons in the region semifinals last season.
"This gave us some redemption," Dunedin starter Mike Clarkson said. "We were really focused and wanted to get this game."
The game turned out to be a pitcher's duel between and Clarkson and Krehbiel, two seniors who both signed with USF.
Though he walked six batters and hit another, Krehbiel mowed down quite a few batters with efficiency. He struck out 10 and allowed just three hits, all singles.
In the fifth, he gave up a single to Andrew Brodbeck and walked Turgeon and Clarkson to load the bases. Krehbiel had thrown more than 100 pitches by then was relieved by Alex McGathey.
McGathey got Jordan Savinon to ground out into a fielder's choice to home and struck out Ben Emery. Then with two outs, McGathey threw a wild pitch that allowed Turgeon to score.
"We just had an unlucky bounce," Seminole coach Greg Olsen said.
Clarkson, meanwhile, pitched a shutout, allowing four hits and striking out five.
"We weren't able to score a lot, but we put guys in scoring position," Clarkson said. "And I had great defense behind me. We didn't commit an error, which was big."