ST. PETERSBURG — Hillsborough County continued its domination of the Tampa Bay High School All-Star Classic, defeating its Pinellas County baseball counterparts 13-3 on Sunday to improve to 4-0 in the event.
Held to two runs through four innings, Hillsborough scored three runs in the fifth and sixth and five in the eighth.
Since rallying for a 5-4 win in the inaugural game in 2007, Hillsborough has made things look easy, outscoring Pinellas by a combined 33-9 in the past three meetings.
Gaither's Mike Danner, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base, was the Hillsborough MVP.
The MVP for Pinellas was Pinellas Park's Kaleb Paulton, who went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Stellar class: Hillsborough's roster had so much star power that seven of its 25 players were selected in last week's Major League Baseball draft: Brooks-DeBartolo's J.D. Williams, Brandon's Roderick Shoulders, Jesuit's Daniel Gibson, Armwood's Zack Powers, Tampa Catholic's Shane Rowland, Cambridge's Peter Miller and Brandon's James Ramsey.
By contrast, Pinellas had one player: Countryside's Daniel Torres.
Three up, three down: Three pitchers, Powers (Hillsborough), Alonso's Thomas Dorminy (Hillsborough) and Northeast's James Gray (Pinellas) retired the side in order in their inning of work.
Dorminy, a Florida recruit, was the only pitcher in the game who recorded two strikeouts.
Rumbling, bumbling, stumbling: One of the strangest plays came in the second inning. Northeast's Shawn Delmontagne singled then tried to go to third on a double by Cody Arnold. On Delmontagne's way to third, he fell. But he regained his footing and beat the throw.
Losing control: One of the biggest factors in Sunday's game was the lack of control by Pinellas pitchers. There were 10 walks, three wild pitches and one hit batter. The turning point came with one out in the fifth inning when Hillsborough drew three consecutive walks, all leading to runs. That helped Hillsborough erase a 3-2 deficit and go ahead 5-3.
Big hitters: Three players, Bloomingdale's Sal Giardina (Hillsborough), Danner (Hillsborough) and Delmontagne (Pinellas) had two hits. The only extra-base hits came from Paulton, Osceola's Tyler Brown (Pinellas) and Armwood's Tyler Alexander, all doubles.
Bob Putnam can be reached at [email protected] or ( 727) 445-4169.