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Clearwater in title game

At the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., Clearwater continued to show it is among the best teams in the nation, if not internationally.

After knocking off Pennsylvania 4-3 in the last pool game Monday, the Pinellas team shut out host Easley 6-0 to win the U.S. title on Tuesday and advance to the World Series final. Clearwater will face Puerto Rico on ESPN2 tonight at 6:30.

Clearwater (11-2, 4-1) lost a pool game to Easley earlier in the tournament. In Tuesday's rematch, former East Lake standout and Chicago Cubs draft pick Brad Deppermann pitched a shutout, surrendering only one hit (his first of the tournament), striking out eight and walking only one. His scoreless streak at the World Series was extended to 10⅓ innings.

Former East Lake teammate Ian Lisle had his best game of the tournament, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Former Clearwater Central Catholic player Derek Gibree extended his hitting streak to five games, going 1-for-4, including a stolen base and a run scored.

Puerto Rico advanced to tonight's championship game after defeating Venezuela 3-0 on Tuesday. Puerto Rico (6-0) has outscored its opponents 35-9 in the tournament.

DIXIE MAJORS WORLD SERIES: Hernando County was eliminated from the Dixie Majors World Series in Ozark, Ala., on Monday. Hernando (5-2, 2-2) won its consolation quarterfinal game against Mississippi 16-15.

Mississippi led 15-10 in the seventh inning. With two outs in the seventh, Hernando rallied for five runs to tie the score, then a bases-loaded balk pushed across the winning run for the walkoff victory.

Hernando was later eliminated by losing to Alabama 2-1. Hernando starter Robbie Frantzis pitched a complete game.

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL WORLD SERIES: Northwest's 10-under team from Pinellas lost to Levy Park 14-6 in the Dizzy Dean World Series championship at Southaven. Miss. Northwest got to the final after beating Alabama 13-2.

Clearwater in title game 07/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:47pm]
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