Little League news and notes

District 12 wrapped up a majority of its tournaments this week with six championships decided.

On July 11, the combined Countryside/Oldsmar/Tarpon Springs all-stars shut out Largo 2-0 to take the senior softball title.

Erika Queen (four innings pitched) and Maggie Flick (three innings) combined for a two-hit shutout. Queen drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the sixth inning then struck out the side in the bottom half for the win. Erin Mullins had an RBI single in the sixth.

On Sunday, the Dunedin all-stars scored four runs in the first and held on to defeat West Pasco 6-5 for the 9-10 softball championship.

Taylor Scott scored the winning run for Dunedin when she stole home in the fifth for a 6-4 lead. West Pasco cut the lead to a run in the final inning and had the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Scott, who pitched all six innings, got a strikeout and a groundout to complete the victory.

Lauren Lovewell drove in two runs with a base hit in the first, and Bailey Wilson drove in a run later.

The East Lake 9-10 baseball all-stars trailed 6-5 in the fifth of its title game with Largo but scored twice to rally, with Marco "Bull" Benedettini coming home on a passed ball to score the winning run.

Starting pitcher Cole Moecklin struck out 10 in 41/3 innings to keep East Lake close. Chase Arnold pitched the final 12/3 innings, striking out two, to earn the win. Christian James lined a double off the fence to plate East Lake's first run.

Countryside survived a late West Pasco rally to win the 10-11 baseball District 12 championship 10-7 on Wednesday.

Trailing 10-3 entering the final inning, West Pasco scored four runs to close the gap then loaded the bases against Countryside reliever Steven Wilson before he struck out the final batter. Countryside's Kyle Kania went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.

Countryside starting pitcher Austin Matthews scattered nine hits over 51/3 innings and struck out five for the win.

West Pasco held off Safety Harbor 6-5 to take the District 12 major softball title and pulled off the double in the major age division when it defeated East Lake 6-5 in the major baseball championship. Travis MacGregor had a two-run home run and Hunter Van Meer added a solo shot for East Lake in the loss.

Site change: The District 12 junior baseball championship between Largo and Dunedin will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Dunedin Stadium, not Mitchell High.

Today's championship: At Mitchell High, Largo and West Pasco vie for the District 12 senior baseball title at 2 p.m. today. Largo defeated West Pasco 5-2 in the semifinals, but West Pasco won twice in the consolation bracket to reach the title game. A West Pasco victory will force a winner-take-all game three Monday at East Lake (7 p.m.).

The highlight reel: Tarpon Springs pitcher Caleb Koulianos surrendered one hit in seven shutout innings against Safety Harbor last weekend. Koulianos struck out nine and walked one in the 1-0 win. … Largo starter Daniel Koker threw five shutout innings in a 7-2 junior baseball semifinal victory over Tarpon Springs on Wednesday. … Shane Mullen was 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and Adam Jurco was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in Palm Harbor's 10-0 shutout of Dunedin in 10-11 baseball July 11. … Joe Pigozzo pitched a complete-game three-hitter and had two RBIs to lift East Lake past Palm Harbor 6-1 and into the major baseball district championship Tuesday. And Sawyer Worth hit a home run for East Lake. … On Sunday, Brian Auerbach, Jake Crain, Aaron Dickson, Michael Jarreau and Troy Tabulov all blasted home runs in a 13-7 major baseball quarterfinal victory for Palm Harbor over Dunedin. … Behind Samantha RamaSanto's eight strikeouts and Turiah Benhakuma's 3-for-4 performance, Safety Harbor advanced to the major softball district championship after beating Clearwater/Oldsmar 14-2 on July 11.

Friday's scores

Section 7

9-10 baseball: East Lake 9, Palma Ceia 2;

Seminole 5, Inverness 1

9-10 softball: Citrus Park 11, Dunedin 4;

Seminole 6, Crystal River 5

10-11 softball: Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia/Interbay 19,

Cross Bayou 1

Major softball: Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia/Interbay 2,

West Pasco 0; Crystal River 9, Seminole 2

Junior softball: Dunnellon 15, Seminole 0;

Interbay/Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay 17, West Pasco 4

Senior softball: South Sumter 17, Countryside/Oldsmar/Tarpon Springs 5

Today's schedule

District 12

Senior baseball at Mitchell High: Largo vs. West Pasco, 2 p.m.

Section 7

9-10 softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Seminole vs. Dunedin, 1 p.m.

9-10 baseball at Northside LL: Palma Ceia vs. Seminole, 11 a.m.; East Lake vs. Inverness, 1 p.m.

10-11 softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Cross Bayou vs. Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia/Interbay, 1 p.m.

Major softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Seminole vs.

West Pasco, 1 p.m.

Junior softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Seminole vs.

West Pasco, 1 p.m.

Sunday's schedule

Section 7

9-10 softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Dunedin vs.

Crystal River, 1 p.m.; Citrus Park vs. Seminole, 1 p.m.

9-10 baseball at Northside LL: East Lake vs. Seminole, 1 p.m.

10-11 softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Tampa Bay/

Palma Ceia/Interbay vs. Cross Bayou, 1 p.m. (if necessary)

Major softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Palma Ceia/Interbay/Tampa Bay vs. Seminole, 1 p.m.

Junior softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Interbay/

Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay vs. Seminole, 3:30 p.m.

Senior softball at Oldsmar Canal Park: Skyway Park/Northwest/Keystone vs. Countryside/Oldsmar/Tarpon Springs, 3:30 p.m.

Little League news and notes 07/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 18, 2009 1:31am]

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