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Dual threat lifts Seminole 10-11 baseball team

Alex Raymonds is a pretty good pitcher for the Seminole 10-11 baseball team. Turns out, he can swing a bat just as well.

Raymonds, a left-hander, started on the mound and allowed two runs in Seminole's 8-2 win over Northeast in the Little League District 5 championship game Saturday. He also had the game's big hit, a grand slam in the fourth that made it 7-2.

Seminole advanced to the sectional tournament, July 16-18 at Pinellas Park National.

"Alex has really good stuff," Seminole manager Joe Lamoureux said. "We have a deep pitching staff. I have six or seven guys I can go to."

Cameron Cuellar hit a two-run double in the second for Seminole's first runs. In the fourth, cleanup batter Conner Berry hit a home run two batters after Raymond's grand slam.

Earlier in the tournament, Seminole beat Northeast 10-0 in a game ended after four innings because of the mercy rule. Nick Lamoureux threw a no-hitter, striking out nine and falling a walk shy of a perfect game.

Raymonds, Lamoureux, Berry and Kyle Laprova went 2-for-3.

"We're solid this year," Joe Lamoureux said. "This year, Kyle Laprova and Conner Berry came back to the team. That's been a big help for us.

"They're two big bats and are solid fielders."

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: Since Monday, District 12, in Pasco and north Pinellas, has completed only one of 11 games because of rain. And that game was shortened to four innings. Winds knocked over a scoreboard, which then took out part of an outfield fence at Holiday. And the rains have made some fields unplayable.

AHEAD OF THE PACK: Three teams — Palm Harbor, East Lake and Safety Harbor — enter the final round of pool play of the District 12 major baseball tournament at 2-0.

Palm Harbor has been led by its pitching. Shane Mullen and Riley Degnam combined for a four-hitter in a 16-4 win over Largo. Degnam threw a complete-game one-hitter a day later to beat Countryside 10-0.

"He has the most amazing cutter on the planet," Palm Harbor manager Rick Mullen said. "He's a lefty. It's a grip cutter. That thing will move anything from a foot to 18 inches. And he hits his spot about 75 percent of the time, which for a 12-year-old kid is unbelievable."

Against Largo, Mullen hit two doubles and had three RBIs, Zack Detty went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and David Morrin went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Adam Jurco hit a three-run home run in the first in Palm Harbor's win over Countryside. Morrin also homered, bringing home two with a shot in the second.

East Lake gave up only three hits in its two victories. Ryan Wall struck out seven in a complete-game 14-2 win over Clearwater. Travis McGregor, who hit a grand slam against Clearwater, followed with a nine-strikeout performance in a 13-3 win over Oldsmar. Blake Duckworth hit three doubles and went a combined 6-for-7.

Safety Harbor has benefited from steady pitching and superb defense in two shutouts. Brian Brown allowed only one hit in 52/3 innings of a 7-0 victory over Clearwater. Chase Rogalski and Trent Percy combined for a one-hitter to beat Oldsmar 10-0.

Brown hit a two-run home run against Oldsmar, and Safety Harbor committed only two errors in the victories.

Barring more rain, the quarterfinals of the District 12 major baseball tournament begin Monday.

FAST FACTS

Little League

All-Stars District 12 tournaments

Thursday's results

Major baseball

at Holiday

Clearwater 6, Oldsmar 1

Palm Harbor 6, Holiday 5

East Lake 13,

Safety Harbor 6

Junior baseball

at various locations

Largo 10, Safety Harbor 0

Tarpon Springs 11,

Countryside 2

Holiday 20, East Lake 1

Junior softball

at Clearwater

Safety Harbor/Oldsmar 9, Palm Harbor 6

Today's schedule

(all games at 7 p.m.)

9-10 softball

at Clearwater

Tarpon Springs/Dunedin vs. East Lake

Major baseball

at Holiday

West Pasco vs. Dunedin

Largo vs. Countryside

Junior baseball

at various locations

Clearwater vs. West Pasco at Tack Field North

Dunedin at Tarpon Springs

Junior softball

at Clearwater

Tarpon Springs vs.

Clearwater

Dual threat lifts Seminole 10-11 baseball team 07/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 2, 2010 1:23am]

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