The District 12 Big League softball team will catch an early-morning flight today bound for Kalamazoo, Mich., site of the Big League Softball World Series, after winning the Southeast Regional in Clearwater.
The District 12 team, which features players from northern Pinellas and southern Pasco counties, went 4-0 at the Southeast Regional as Florida's representative and defeated Georgia 13-8 in Sunday's final.
Mitchell's Heather Muccino and East Lake's Sarah Schutz each hit a three-run home run in a seven-run second inning that broke open the game. Schutz's East Lake teammate, Hayley Davis, added a two-run home run in the fourth. Muccino was 3-for-5 and had an RBI double in the fourth. Schutz brought home two more with a double in the sixth.
The team opens the World Series on Thursday against the Central region champion and will play eight games through Aug. 10. The top two teams at the end of round-robin play advance to the championship Aug. 11.
LARGO BOWS OUT IN STATE SEMIFINALS: The Largo junior baseball Little League team won all three pool play games at the Florida state Little League tournament in Stuart over the weekend and entered Sunday's semifinal round as the top seed.
But Largo's bid for a state title fell short when West Melbourne rallied from a late deficit to win 8-6 in eight innings.
Largo was unable to score in the bottom of the eighth after loading the bases with two outs.
Troy Cardenas had two hits and two RBIs to lead Largo offensively. Angel Torres Jr., pitched six innings for Largo.
Earlier in the tournament, Largo defeated Casselberry LL 19-1 in five innings, Arlington LL 7-5 and Niceville LL 15-5 in six innings.