ST. PETERSBURG — In the Shorecrest Rally Tournament, the four participating teams each play each other without claiming a true champion. Today's matchup between Lakewood and Shorecrest will crown the de facto champion as each team ran its tournament record to 2-0 with wins on Thursday. Shorecrest came from behind to beat Largo 8-6 while the Spartans pounded Gibbs 12-0.
Largo jumped on the Chargers early. In the first inning Alan Mead and Zach Gutshall led off with singles. After a hit batter, J.L. Monson drove in a run with a fielder's choice, and Cole Phillips sacrificed in another to give the Packers a 2-0 lead.
The Packers tacked on three more in the second when Cody Lighthiser singled followed by walks to George Koceja and Eli Gutshall. Mead doubled in two runs and Robert Clark drove in another to give Largo a 5-0 lead.
The Chargers fought back, scoring two in the bottom of the second. Jon Oorlog reached on a walk and Tyler Larson on an error. Both scored on a single by Brian Kinter.
"We told the guys that we believe in them," Chargers coach Don Reed said.
The Chargers tied the game in the third on RBI singles by Larson and Kinter, and a sacrifice fly by Oorlog.
Largo took back the lead in the fourth when Mead drove in Eli Gutshall on a groundout.
The Chargers came back again, scoring two on a Largo error to take a 7-6 lead. The Chargers added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
"Jon (Oorlog) has come so far and improved so much," Reed said. "He's very confident and getting good pitches to hit. He takes good hacks."
Larson led the Chargers with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI; Oorlog drove in three runs and Marc Brakeman scored three runs.
Mead led the Packers with a double, a single, three RBIs and a run scored.
Lakewood used a five-run third to blow open its game with rival Gibbs. Chris Brock-Jones got the win, combining with three other pitchers to give up only three singles and two walks whiling striking out nine.
Nate Plaines led the Spartans with three singles and four RBIs. Jimmy Lynch had two doubles and Chris Derby hit a home run and a single.