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Rain leaves Georgiadis Tournament with no champion

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR   |   Special to the Times
Pendleton’s Logan Morello, left, is caught by Seminole catcher Nash Reling for an out in the third inning. The Warhawks took a 4-3 lead before the game was called in the fourth due to rain.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR | Special to the Times Pendleton’s Logan Morello, left, is caught by Seminole catcher Nash Reling for an out in the third inning. The Warhawks took a 4-3 lead before the game was called in the fourth due to rain.

SEMINOLE — Just as Seminole's bats started heating up against Pendleton in the championship game of the Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament, Mother Nature conspired to throw a wet blanket on the Warhawks.

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Immediately after Seminole took a 4-3 lead with one out in the fourth, the skies opened up, leaving players and fans running for cover. The game was called 25 minutes later.

Seminole coach Greg Olsen said he wasn't sure if the teams would be able to make up the game. With district tournaments starting in about two weeks and both teams playing a full schedule up to the playoffs, it seems likely the Georgiadis Tournament won't crown a champion this year.

The Seminole-Pendleton game had all the makings of a classic until the rains came.

Pendleton led 3-1 entering the fourth, but an infield single, a walk and a Pendleton error on a bunt attempt drew Seminole to within a run.

Bryant Gibson was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a brief shower delayed the game for five minutes. When play resumed, Joe Lamoureux singled to tie it at three, and Chris Calhoon skied a ball in the infield that was dropped by the second baseman, allowing Ryan Kirk to slide home safely.

Then, a second, heavier band of showers came in, prompting the game's cancelation.

Earlier in the day, nine Berkeley Prep errors spelled defeat for the Buccaneers as they lost a 13-3, six-inning decision to North Port in the third-place game.

North Port (10-11) took a 7-0 lead before the Bucs (7-13) rallied briefly in the fourth with three runs. Tony Pikos started the inning with a double and scored Berkeley's first run on a wild pitch. Pat Haire doubled to bring home another run, and Speros Theofilos scored Haire with an RBI single.

Playing with mostly reserves over the final two innings, Berkeley Prep committed five errors combined in the fifth and sixth, and the mercy rule was enforced in the sixth with the Bobcats up by 10.

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Rain leaves Georgiadis Tournament with no champion 04/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:28pm]
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