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Dunedin routs St. Petersburg for PCAC baseball title

DUNEDIN — St. Petersburg, despite an underwhelming record, posed a difficult challenge for Dunedin heading into the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game.

The Green Devils can agitate even the most accomplished of pitchers, the most sizzling of teams. In the past two weeks, St. Petersburg knocked off Seminole and Osceola, two of the top three teams in the county, to reach the title game.

Would the Falcons be next?

Not Friday.

Dunedin reveled in its 9-3 demolition of the Green Devils, assembling an offensive production that overshadowed another excellent start by Ryan Reedy.

The Falcons, who won their fourth straight conference title, have won eight straight games.

"This is the best stretch we've played all season," Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert said. "We're hitting, pitching and playing defense. We're pretty confident right now."

Dunedin (19-6) was patient at the plate, drawing 10 walks. The Falcons got key hits to drive in runs, scoring at least once in every inning.

Mike Clarkson went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice to lead Dunedin.

"We changed our lineup in the last two weeks, and that's helped us," Clarkson said. "Something is just starting to spark with the whole team."

The Falcons have scored at least seven runs in all eight of their wins during the streak.

And the run support Friday was plenty for Reedy.

Through six innings, he allowed just one hit and retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced.

St. Petersburg (10-15) made it interesting in the seventh, scoring three off four hits, all singles.

Tyler Moll had two of the Green Devils' five hits.

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