The East Lake 9-10 baseball all-stars advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament this past weekend at Fort Pierce Little League, but East Lake saw its state title hopes dashed Sunday in a 4-0 semifinal loss to South Fort Myers.
Still, the 9-10 baseball all-stars became just the second team from East Lake Little League to reach the state tournament across all classifications and the first from the 9-10 age group.
East Lake ran into South Fort Myers pitcher Gus Cunningham in Sunday's semifinal. Cunningham allowed only two hits while striking out nine in a complete-game effort.
East Lake starter Connor Churchill lasted 42/3 innings and struck out six.
After a 7-1 loss to Rockledge Saturday morning, East Lake rebounded to finish as Pool A runnerup with a 5-1 win over Niceville-Valparaiso in the afternoon.
Largo seniors win sectional crown: The Largo senior all-stars defeated Keystone 6-3 on Friday and beat West Hernando 2-1 on Saturday to capture a sectional title at Keystone Little League.
Austin Lowther pitched a complete game with six strikeouts in the Keystone win and hit a home run in the first inning. Adam Stotts and Allen Mead also hit solo shots for Largo. Mead's homer in the fourth gave Largo the lead for good at 4-3. T.J. Glessner added a two-run home run to put the game away in the seventh.
Chris Ingold's two-run home run in the third inning would be the only runs Largo would need in a 2-1 win over West Hernando on Saturday to clinch the sectional title. Largo's final game against Baypoint was rained out.
Largo will travel to Niceville for the state tourney.
Largo juniors fall short: The Largo junior baseball all-stars gave up just four runs in three sectional tournament games at Citrus Park LL over the weekend. Largo, however, missed an opportunity to advance to state after a 2-1 loss Friday to eventual champion Citrus Park.
J.C. Catrett tripled home a run to give Largo a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Citrus Park tied it on a balk in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a wild pitch.
Catrett pitched 62/3 innings and yielded only three hits.
Behind Anthony Daso's one-hitter, Largo rebounded Saturday with a 10-0, five-inning win over West Hernando. He had 10 strikeouts.
Largo finished as sectional runnerup (2-1 overall record) with an 11-1, five-inning victory over Seminole on Sunday. Derek Gibree tossed a one-hitter with five strikeouts. Citrus Park went undefeated (3-0) to win the sectional title.