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.