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Dunedin wins pool in District 12 major baseball

Dunedin capped off a perfect 3-0 record in group play and finished as the Pool C winner with a 15-4 victory over Largo on Wednesday in District 12 major baseball.

Dunedin starter Trevor Jensen pitched into the sixth to get credit for the win and run his record to 2-0. Michael Hunter, who saved Dunedin's first pool game, came on in relief to get the final two outs.

Dunedin took advantage of a number of key hits — Dunedin had only 10 hits the whole game — to score 15 runs.

"We have 13 guys, and every one of those guys contributes," Dunedin manager Stan Blakey said. "This team doesn't have any superstars. Every one of the kids buys into what we're doing and does their part when asked."

Jensen had a bases-clearing triple in Dunedin's win over Largo while Hunter and Tim Luth lined doubles off the wall.

Dunedin must now wait for results from the other two pools to determine if it automatically advances to Tuesday's semifinals or if it must play a quarterfinal matchup Sunday.

West Pasco and Tarpon Springs, both 2-0 in Pool B, play tonight to determine the winner in that group.

East Lake is leading Pool A with a 2-0 record and can finish a perfect 3-0 with a victory tonight over winless Countryside. Palm Harbor wrapped up second place in Pool A and improved to 2-1 after Wednesday's 9-4 victory over Clearwater.

10-11 baseball: Countryside wrapped up first place in Pool A (District 12) with a convincing 13-1 victory over Clearwater on Tuesday in a game that was shortened to four innings by the mercy rule.

Both teams entered the contest undefeated, but Countryside dominated from the outset to advance to Monday's semifinal against the runnerup from Pool B.

Countryside starting pitcher Michael Paul went the full four innings, striking out five Clearwater batters and allowing only one unearned run to get the win.

Behind Colton Widdows' three-run double, Countryside scored four runs in the first inning to jump ahead early. Paul stroked a double in the second that brought home two more runs in a four-run second inning. Kyle Kania also doubled to lead off the inning for Countryside.

In the third, Austin Mathews laced a two-run double for Countryside, which put up five more runs for a 13-1 advantage.

Mathews and Widdows finished with four RBIs apiece.

Despite the loss Clearwater clinched the Pool A runnerup spot and will play the winner of Pool B on Monday.

Pool B is still up for grabs with West Pasco, Palm Harbor and East Lake in contention for first place.

West Pasco moved to 3-1 after shutting out Dunedin 8-0 in its final pool game. West Pasco starting pitcher Andrew O'Brien threw a one-hitter and had six strikeouts to keep Dunedin off the board.

Noah Gobin hit a two-run home run to provide West Pasco with the only offense it would need.

Palm Harbor and Dunedin will face off Saturday to conclude play in Pool B.

Upcoming championships: A number of District 12 tournaments will wrap up in the next couple of days. The 9-10 baseball championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday between the Largo-West Pasco winner and the Palm Harbor-East Lake winner. Both semifinal games will be played Saturday.

And 9-10 softball will hold its title game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Safety Harbor (2-1), West Pasco (2-0), Tarpon Springs/Oldsmar (0-2) and Dunedin (2-0) are still alive in the district title race.

In major softball, Clearwater/Oldsmar, West Pasco, Safety Harbor and Palm Harbor still have aspirations of meeting in Saturday's title game at 7 p.m.

The combined Countryside/Oldsmar/Tarpon Springs senior softball team can claim a district championship with a victory over the Largo-Safety Harbor winner at 2 p.m. Saturday. Should Largo or Safety Harbor win Saturday's matchup, the teams will play again Monday at 7 p.m. to determine the district champ.

Today's schedule

(times to be determined)

District 12

9-10 softball at Dunedin

West Pasco vs. Dunedin; Tarpon Springs/Oldsmar vs. Clearwater; Tarpon Springs/Oldsmar vs. Dunedin; Safety Harbor vs. West Pasco

Major baseball at Holiday

Countryside vs. East Lake; West Pasco vs. Tarpon Springs; Holiday vs. Oldsmar

Major softball at Dunedin

Safety Harbor vs. Palm Harbor; Clearwater/Oldsmar vs. West Pasco; Clearwater/Oldsmar-West Pasco loser vs. Safety Harbor-Palm Harbor winner

Junior baseball at Joe DiMaggio Complex, Clearwater

Clearwater vs. Countryside

Senior softball at Dunedin

Largo vs. Safety Harbor

Note: All of Thursday's games were rained out.

Dunedin wins pool in District 12 major baseball 07/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 9, 2009 11:01pm]
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