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Clearwater victorious again

Brian Auerbach barely played in the opener for Clearwater, but he was the prime reason the Pinellas County squad is still undefeated in the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C.

The pitcher tossed 61/3 innings Friday, surrendering two earned runs while striking out 10 and walking two in a 6-4 win over Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Auerbach was a strong pitcher for Palm Harbor University and signed with Rollins College for the fall.

Countryside grad Zach Taylor, who gave up a run in relief against Texas on Thursday, picked up the save by picking up the game's final two outs, both by strikeout.

One day after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, Trevor Jensen was the lone Clearwater batter to have multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored to help Clearwater (9-1, 2-0). Jensen was a solid player for Dunedin last season, hitting .457 for the Falcons.

In other action Friday, South Brandon and Bayshore picked up wins in their openers in the Little League Baseball Major (11-12) Division state championship in Fort Myers.

South Brandon got by Winter Garden 7-3, and Bayshore shut out North Springs 2-0.

West Pasco and Belmont Heights were not as successful in their first games of the Little League Junior (13-14) League Baseball Division state championship in Fort Lauderdale.

Port Richey's West Pasco fell 5-2 to North Springs, and Union Park dispatched Tampa's Belmont Heights 11-9.

The opener of the Little League Senior (15-16) League Baseball Division state championship was scheduled for Friday afternoon in Cocoa, but Greater Largo's game was delayed by rain after it took a 1-0 lead over Union Park in the fourth inning.

Largo's Kyle Koker scored the only run before the rain began. Play was scheduled to resume at 8 this morning.



Little League Major (11-12) baseball state championship (Fort Myers)

South Brandon 7, Winter Garden 3

Bayshore 2, North Springs 0

Little League Junior (13-14) baseball state championship (Fort Lauderdale)

North Springs 5, West Pasco 2

Union Park 11, Belmont Heights 9

Little League Senior (15-16) baseball state championship (Cocoa)

Greater Largo 1, Union Park 0 (fourth inning), delayed until 8 a.m. today

Big League Baseball World Series (Easley, S.C.)

Clearwater 6, Conejo Valley (Calif.) 4


Little League Minors (9-10) Softball Tournament of Champions (Clarksville, Tenn.)

Citrus Park vs. Georgia, 1 p.m.

Little League Major (11-12) baseball state championship (Fort Myers)

South Brandon vs. Sarasota National, 9 a.m.

Bayshore vs. Niceville-Valparaiso, 9 a.m.

Little League Junior (13-14) baseball state championship (Fort Lauderdale)

West Pasco vs. Viera Suntree, 4 p.m.

Belmont Heights vs. St. Augustine/Buckingham winner, 4 p.m.

Big League Baseball World Series (Easley, S.C.)

Clearwater vs. Easley, S.C., 7:30 p.m.

Dixie Sweetees (5-6) Softball World Series (Bay St. Louis, Miss.)

Wesley Chapel vs. Bricken Bow (Okla.), 1:30 p.m.

Dixie Angels X-Play (9-10) Softball World Series (Atoka, Tenn.)

Spring Hill vs. North Carolina, 9 a.m.

Dixie Debs (15-16) Softball World Series (Atoka, Tenn.)

West Pasco vs. Texas, noon

Dixie Majors (17-19) Baseball World Series (Ozark, Ala.)

Hernando County vs. Ozark, Ala., 7 p.m.

By Derek J. Lariviere, Times Correspondent

Clearwater victorious again 07/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 10:22pm]
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