Friday, February 23, 2018
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Little League: Bayshore secures victory with offense

Bayshore kicked off its Little League state tournament with a 9-5 victory over Plant City on Friday night at Bill Keller Park in DeBary.

Coach Paul Weekley started ace Carson Weekley, but it was the Bayshore bats that did the damage.

In other action at the tournament, South Fort Myers defeated West Boynton Beach 6-3 in Pool A, the same pool in which Plant City and Bayshore compete. Bayshore (8-1) will try to continue its run today against West Boynton Beach. The Tampa-based squad has rattled off eight consecutive wins on the way to district and section titles.

Windermere beat Merritt Island 15-3 to win the lone Pool B game Friday.

In other action, Citrus Park fell 10-9 to Team Virginia in the Minors (10-11) Little League Softball Southeast Region Invitational. The local squad was up 9-8 in the top of the fifth, but Virginia's late rally gave it the opening victory of the tournament. Citrus Park will look for its first win tonight when it faces host team Luray, Va.

Land O'Lakes had better luck in the Minors (9-10) Little League Softball Southeast Region Invitational, winning its opener against Team Alabama 9-0. The Pasco County team jumped out with nine runs all before the third inning. This afternoon Land O'Lakes will try to continue its run when it faces Team Georgia, also at Luray (Va.) Little League.

East Lake (9-1) is competing in the Junior Little League state tournament this weekend at Braden River. The Pinellas County club lost 5-4 Friday to East Bay, suffering its first loss of the postseason. It will try to get back on track when it faces Sarasota American at noon today.

DIXIE LEAGUE: The Wesley Chapel Darlings won the District 4 championship in June to advance to the state tournament earlier this month. The team defeated defending World Series champion Holmes County twice to advance to this weekend's Dixie Darlings (7-8) World Series in Georgetown County, S.C.

Big League: Dunedin got back on the winning track at the Big League World Series with a 4-3 win over Southwest representative Louisiana in Easley, S.C. Jesse Dingman came through with a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth that scored Jordan Savinon to break a 3-3 tie. Ben Emery pitched two scoreless innings to end the game and earn the win.

Dunedin, which had one hit in a 3-1 loss in the opener, got the bats going in the bottom of the third. Brett Beery led off with a walk and scored on a single by T.J. Glessner. A Louisiana error one out later allowed Glessner to score. Savinon scored on a fly out by Carter Cashman.

Louisiana got two runs back in the fourth off starter Brad Miller, who went three innings before being replaced by Jack Hamrick. Another run in the fifth off Hamrick tied the game at 3. Dingman, who went 2-for-3, put Dunedin ahead for good.

Dunedin continues pool play at 7:30 tonight against host South Carolina.

Staff writer Rodney Page contributed to this report.

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