SEMINOLE — Northside Christian battled back twice from early game deficits but, in the end, an eight-run ninth inning was just too much to overcome as the Mustangs fell 17-10 to North Port in the losers bracket of the 22nd annual Steve Georgiadis tournament at Seminole.
Northside Christian used eight pitchers in Wednesday night's four-hour affair, and North Port used five, with Jake Sutton tossing the eighth and ninth innings for the win. Kyle Turner threw 21/3 innings for the loss as the Mustangs junior allowed four runs in the ninth before being relieved.
"We don't ever give up and know that we're always within striking distance of a team, but it just caught up to us in the end," Northside Christian coach Raul Hernandez said. "We tried to have Kyle go for us as long as we could and he battled. We had to use a number of pitchers and that's just a case of public schools having a little more depth than we do."
The Mustangs first came back from a 3-0 deficit with a three-run second inning highlighted by Hunter Habib's two-run single. Then they stormed back from a 9-4 deficit with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Ryan McDonald and Robbie Williams had run-scoring doubles.
Northside Christian had a chance to win in the seventh when it put the first two batters on, but Matt Douglass retired the side.
Williams went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run for the Mustangs, and David Edwards went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Berkeley Prep 10, Boca Ciega 1: In the early game, Berkeley Prep got a solid performance from starter Tony Pikos. The senior right-hander allowed one run and one hit over six innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
"When he's on the mound, we have our best nine-man lineup," Berkeley Prep coach Mike Friedlein said.
Destin Nichols went 2-for-4 with two runs and Garrett Ransom went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs as Berkeley Prep scored two runs in the first, three in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth and sixth.