DUNEDIN — After beating public school teams at a tournament in Fort Lauderdale two weeks ago, Canterbury was trying to do the same thing at the Dunedin Spring Invitational.
Playing Tarpon Springs in the opening round Tuesday, the Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the bottom of the fifth inning.
Then the Spongers came to life.
Tarpon Springs scored twice in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth inning to tie the game. In the seventh inning, the Spongers completed the comeback as Mike Dunnigan hit a single to bring home Danny Robinson in a 5-4 victory.
It was the first time Tarpon Springs (10-8) rallied late to win a game this season.
"Canterbury was ready to play and jumped out ahead," Spongers coach Dickie Hart said. "We were able to battle back and that's something you love to see. Hopefully, this gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the tournament."
Caleb Koulianos had a double and a triple and Dunnigan had two singles to lead Tarpon Springs, which has won three straight. The Spongers play St. Petersburg Catholic tonight at 8.
Richie McClure and Dalton Hughes each had two hits for the Crusaders.
CCC 2, Pinellas Park 2: The Patriots tied the score in the bottom of the 14th when Brandon Grigsby came home on a double by Ryan Reinoso before the game was suspended.
In the top of the inning, Steven Arango doubled then came home on Eric Simone's triple to pull the Marauders even.
It was a pitcher's duel through the first five innings between CCC's Jeff Campbell and Pinellas park's Donny Norris.
The game will resume today at 5 with the winner to face St. Petersburg immediately afterward.
Countryside 4, River Ridge 1: After a slow start, Dominic Monda mowed down batters, finishing with 13 strikeouts to lead the Cougars.
Monda, a left-hander, walked four batters in the second inning before getting into a groove.
"Dominic was struggling with his fastball early on," Countryside coach Kemo O'Sullivan said. "So we started going more with a slider and he really locked in after that."
The Cougars (11-5) move on to face East Lake today at 5 p.m.
St. Petersburg 13, Carrollwood Day 1: The Green Devils jumped out early in a game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Will Ramos went 4-for-4 and Richie Rivera was 3-for-4 for St. Petersburg (9-4-1).
The Green Devils will play the Clearwater Central Catholic-Pinellas Park winner.
Tampa Catholic 9, Palm Harbor U. 4: The Crusaders, the defending Class 3A state semifinalists, scored nine through the first five innings to advance to the winner's bracket. Tampa Catholic will face host Dunedin tonight at 8.