SEMINOLE — Despite his team going 1-2 at the Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament, Shorecrest coach Don Reed looks at the past three games as a learning experience for his ballclub.
The losses certainly won't make the Chargers' record any prettier, but they will have added benefit come playoff time.
"We always try to play the best schedule we can," Reed said. "You can play the sisters of the poor, but that's not going to help you when you get into the (district) tournament. We like to play the good teams and take our chances."
Against Braden River in the fifth-place game, Shorecrest gave up four runs early and struggled to find any offense against Pirates starter Marc Monroe in a 11-3 loss.
Monroe gave up just two hits while striking out six in 41/3 innings.
"I thought the kid pitching did a pretty good job for them," Reed said. "He changed speeds and hit pretty good spots. I've got to give him a lot of credit."
Shorecrest (11-9) trailed 8-0 before scoring in the fifth. Michael Bernstein singled with one out to bring home two runs. Pinch-hitter Joe Oorlog drove in a run a batter later with a groundout to cut Braden River's lead to 8-3.
The Pirates (10-11) added two runs in the sixth to erase any Shorecrest comeback hopes.
"They're a pretty good ballclub," Reed said. "They swing the bats well, play sound defense and have some speed running the bases."
Boca Ciega 7, Paintsville (Ky.) 2: Brad McAllister was equally dangerous pitching and hitting in Boca Ciega's victory in the seventh-place game.
On the mound, McAllister threw five strong innings for the Pirates (9-9) and surrendered just two runs on three hits to pick up the victory.
At the plate, the senior roped a double to the gap in right centerfield to tie the score at 1 in a four-run first inning. Two appearances later, McAllister singled home a run in the fourth to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead over the Tigers (3-3).