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Baseball: Springstead, Tarpon Springs in Lee Byers Invitational final

EAST LAKE — Things were falling right into place for the local crowd at the Lee Byers Invitational when the wheels suddenly became unhinged.

Tarpon Springs had already secured a spot in the championship game beating Shorecrest 11-5 in the first semifinal.

In the nightcap, host East Lake was on its way to joining its crosstown rival when Springstead spoiled the party.

East Lake, which was playing without injured catcher Morgan Cowan, went into the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead and seemed to have a win in hand with reliever Tyler Ramsey on the mound.

After breezing through the sixth inning with three strikeouts on 11 pitches, Ramsey induced Joe Siegried into a popup to short leftfield to start the seventh only to have the ball drop in for a single.

Ramsey struck out the next batter, then allowed a flare single by Trey Scott to rightfield that scored Siegfried and saw Scott advance to second on the throw.

East Lake closer Austin Bembnowski entered the game, immediately allowed a single by Ryan Nicoll to center that advanced Scott to third, then had a passed ball during the at-bat by James Wright result in the tying run.

Wright reached base on a slow roller to third, and Julian Perez then plated Nicoll on a sacrifice fly to rightfield.

Springstead right-hander Brandon Brasher closed out the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning for the 4-3 victory.

"That's baseball for you," East Lake coach Dan Genna said. "We played well and certainly had a chance to win, but this loss will definitely help us as the season moves along."

Tarpon Springs prevailed after Tommy Drill went 2-for-3 with a homer and RBI triple, and Shane Ludlow went 2-for-3 and scored three runs.

Baseball: Springstead, Tarpon Springs in Lee Byers Invitational final 02/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:34pm]
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