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.