Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball: Seminole wiser in rematch with Clearwater

SEMINOLE — The last time Seminole faced Clearwater, the Warhawks were admittedly unabashed about the talent they possessed after outscoring opponents 38-11 in five consecutive wins to start the season.

But that cockiness quickly waned as Clearwater senior Kasey Coffin tossed a gem and held the Warhawks to two runs in the Tornadoes' 3-2 win. Seminole then lost to Dunedin in its next game and the shine had dimmed on a stellar start to the season.

"It was definitely a learning experience," Seminole coach Greg Olsen said.

The scenario was eerily similar on Tuesday as the Warhawks entered the rematch against the Tornadoes with four straight wins in which they had a 27-5 run advantage.

The Warhawks, though, demonstrated how much they had learned in a relatively easy 5-0 victory in which they scored two runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the fifth, all against their nemesis, Coffin.

"We had our minds on Dunedin (in the previous meeting) and we weren't about to let that happen again," said Alex McGathey, who surrendered two hits over seven scoreless innings. "We got a little ahead of ourselves the last time and we've grown because of it.

"We understand the importance of taking care of the task at hand game in and game out. Now we can move on to Dunedin."

Seminole (10-3, 5-2) faces Dunedin (12-1, 5-1) in a huge road district game Friday.

The Warhawks hit Coffin hard early in Tuesday's meeting but couldn't break through until Scottie Withrow broke the scoreless deadlock in the fourth inning with a homer. Barrett Pluskat added an RBI single later in the inning, but enough damage had been done for McGathey, who allowed just one runner to reach second base.

Withrow, who entered the game in a slump, came up with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and came around to score later in the frame to put Seminole up 5-0.

"Sometimes all you need is one good hit to get things going for you," Withrow said. "It felt good to knock one out, and I think it's the type of confidence boost I needed."

Baseball: Seminole wiser in rematch with Clearwater 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 11:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality

    Bucs

    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'

    Blogs

    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'

    Bucs

    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

    Bucs

    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations

    Blogs

    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.