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Class 6A, District 7 at Alonso

Schedule: Monday No. 3 Gaither vs. No. 6 Countryside, 4 p.m.; No. 4 Mitchell vs. No. 5 St. Petersburg, 7; Tuesday No. 2 Sickles vs. Countryside-Gaither winner, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Alonso vs. Mitchell-St. Petersburg winner, 7; Thursday Championship, 7 p.m.

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The Ravens have been ranked in the 6A state poll all season and have claimed the No. 1 seed. , The Green Devils handed Alonso one of its two losses this season. The Cougars have rebounded from a tough start and played well at the Dunedin Spring Classic two weeks ago., St. Petersburg's Tyler Abadal, an Under Armour preseason All-American, is batting over .530 and has 30 RBIs and three home runs. Two of his homers were against Orlando Bishop Moore and Alonso., St. Petersburg's Gordon McLean and Dakoda McLean are cousins.

Class 5A, District 9 at Englebert Complex

Schedule: Tuesday No. 3 Palm Harbor University vs. No. 6 Tarpon Springs, 5 p.m.; No. 2 Clearwater vs. No. 7 Pinellas Park, 5; No. 4 Largo vs. No. 5 East Lake, 8; Wednesday PHU-Tarpon Springs winner vs. Clearwater-Pinellas Park winner, 5 p.m.; No. 1 Dunedin vs. Largo-East Lake winner, 8; Friday championship, 7:30 p.m.

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The top-seeded Falcons were undefeated in district play and are trying for their ninth region appearance in the past 10 seasons. The Tornadoes got off to a fast start to claim the No. 2 seed and have the arms (Tim Younger and Craig Goodman) to get to the final., The Hurricanes came on strong at the end, winning six of their last eight regular-season games, including one against Clearwater. The Packers also knocked off the Tornadoes within the past two weeks and are trying to make the region tournament for just the third time in school history., Dunedin's Jamison Sweat, a transfer from Palm Harbor University, has been consistent at the plate, ranking second on the team in batting average (.429), RBIs (27) and home runs (four)., The Falcons have five players — Cam Fisher (Barry), Clay Kollenbaum (Jacksonville), Max Kreuter (Tampa), Jake Rogers (Central Florida) and Ryan Schneider (Sumter College) — who have signed their letters of intent to play in college.

Class 5A, District 11 at Seminole

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Boca Ciega vs. No. 5 Dixie Hollins, 7 p.m.; Tuesday No. 3 Northeast vs. No. 6 Lakewood, 4 p.m.; No. 2 Osceola vs. No. 7 Gibbs, 7; Wednesday Osceola-Gibbs winner vs. Northeast-Lakewood winner, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Seminole vs. Boca Ciega-Dixie Hollins winner, 7; Friday championship, 7 p.m.

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The Warhawks, the only undefeated team in the state prior to Friday's loss, are the overwhelming choice to win. The Warriors came together in the second half of the season, winning 10 of their past 11 games to claim the No. 2 seed., Northeast and Boca Ciega both finished district play with 7-5 records. The Vikings played Seminole tough in their first meeting, losing by a run in extra innings., Seminole's Jay Taylor is first on the team in batting average (.458) and second in RBIs (21) and home runs (three)., The Warhawks have advanced to the region tournament nine times since 1999. The other six teams have made it that far 10 times combined during that span.

Class 3A, District 11 at CC Catholic

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Berkeley Prep vs. No. 5 Lennard, 7 p.m.; Tuesday No. 2 Tampa Catholic vs. No. 3 St. Petersburg Catholic, 4 p.m.; No. 1 Clearwater Central Catholic vs. Berkeley Prep-Lennard winner, 7; Thursday championship, 7 p.m.

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The Marauders, the defending 3A state champions, are undefeated in the district and have the No. 1 seed. Tampa Catholic has moved into the state rankings and have beaten every team in the district except CCC., CCC's Sam Mende leads the county with eight home runs. He also is the team leader in batting average (.522) and RBIs (36)., CCC is the only county team to win four state titles (1971, 1979, 2002, 2007).

Class 2A, District 9 at Tampa Prep

Schedule: Tuesday No. 1 Bishop McLaughlin vs. No. 4 Calvary Christian, 4 p.m.; No. 2 Tampa Prep vs. No. 3 Indian Rocks Christian, 7; Thursday championship, 7 p.m.

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Bishop McLaughlin has been state-ranked all season and has the No. 1 seed., IRC's Noah Smith has a team-leading .509 batting average and 1.27 ERA., The Warriors have not made the region tournament since 2005. The Golden Eagles have not advanced since 2003.

Class 2A, District 11 at Shorecrest

Schedule: Monday No. 4 Keswick Christian vs. No. 5 Admiral Farragut Academy, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday No. 2 Bradenton St. Stephens vs. No. 3 Shorecrest, 2 p.m.; No. 1 Northside Christian vs. Keswick-AFA winner, 4:30; Thursday championship, 4:30 p.m.

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After losing their first two district games, the Mustangs won the rest to claim the No. 2 seed. St. Stephens split with Northside during the regular season, and the No. 3 Chargers have a deep staff with Robby Thigpen, Jeff Reynolds and Chris Kinter to make a run., Northside's David Edwards has been a versatile player, leading the team in batting average (.593), runs (44), stolen bases (25) and wins (four)., Shorecrest's Kinter and Reynolds have combined to throw three no-hitters this season.Class A, District 11 at Canterbury

Schedule: Tuesday No. 2 Oldsmar Christian vs. No. 3 Citrus Park Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Thursday championship game, No. 1 Canterbury vs. Oldsmar Christian-Citrus Park Christian winner, 6:30 p.m.

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The Crusaders, ranked in the top 10 in the Class A state poll, have the top seed and are already guaranteed a berth in the playoffs in a three-team district., Canterbury's Joey Cuda is tied for the team lead in batting average (.392) and has struck out a team-high 45 batters., Canterbury has lost to Sarasota Christian in the region final the past two seasons.

We break down the upcoming district tournament with favorites, sleepers and players to watch.

Pinellas: baseball 04/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 21, 2008 4:06pm]
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