By BRYAN BURNS
Times Staff Writer
SEMINOLE — Sometimes in baseball, as in life, failure can lead to triumph.
Just ask Shorecrest's Jeff Reynolds.
With Hashim Lakhani on first in the sixth inning and nobody out in a 1-1 game against Paintsville (Ky.) on Wednesday, Reynolds twice was unsuccessful laying down a bunt that would have moved Lakhani into scoring position. Instead, behind 0-2 in the count, Reynolds drove home the go-ahead run when he laced a ball to centerfield that Paintsville's Cory Humphrey was unable to come up with.
Reynolds scored two batters later on a passed ball to give Shorecrest a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory in the loser's bracket of the Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament.
"I should have gotten the bunt down, but it ended up working out all right," Reynolds said, smiling.
Humphrey, who caused a slight delay just moments earlier when he had to replace a contact lens, made a running stab at Reynolds' shot but came up empty. He was charged with an error.
"(Reynolds) hit the heck out of the ball," Shorecrest coach Don Reed said.
Paintsville (3-2) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth off Shorecrest starter Robby Thigpen (5-2), who gave up only three hits, all in the fourth. Thigpen finished with 10 strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game victory.
"Robby pitched a great ballgame tonight, and that helped a lot," Reed said. "He had good location, good stuff, and it helps when you don't give up a lot of runs."
Shorecrest (11-8) tied the game in the fifth when Paintsville starter Shane Grimm was called for a balk with Tyler Larson on third.
Braden River 7, Boca Ciega 2
Boca Ciega had no answer for Braden River starter Nathan Pittman in the other loser's bracket game.
Pittman surrendered one hit through five innings and no runs to silence the Boca Ciega bats.
"We're going through a little bit of a hitting slump right now," Boca Ciega coach Pete Snyder said. "We were doing well earlier in the season, but we're having trouble putting hits together."
Trailing 3-0, Boca Ciega (8-9) scored two runs off reliever Stephen Fischer in the sixth inning, but Braden River (13-5) answered with four runs in the bottom half.
Berkeley Prep at Pendleton, 4
North Port at Seminole, 7