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Pinellas Park National rallies to win 9-10 softball district title

Pinellas Park National didn't let an early tournament loss to Seminole ruin its chances for the 9-10 softball district title.

Pinellas Park National edged Seminole 2-1 in a second meeting to force a winner-take-all rematch, which Pinellas Park National won 9-4 to earn the District 5 title.

Pitcher Megan Seeds went the distance for Pinellas Park National to earn the victory in the championship.

A day earlier, Sarah Richardson's base hit in the fifth inning produced the winning run in Pinellas Park National's 2-1 win. Pitcher Rachel McCoy held Seminole to one run.

"Everybody stuck together," Pinellas Park National co-manager Richie Meadows said. "The girls did a really good job."

Infielders Summer Cornell, Hannah Reich and Cortney Peet had an outstanding tournament for Pinellas Park National, which advanced to sectional play beginning July 16 at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River.

DOUBLE UP: The combined Safety Harbor/Oldsmar team defeated Palm Harbor 12-2 in Wednesday's District 12 junior softball final to earn the title.

Safety Harbor/Oldsmar P Maddie Bertisch lasted all five innings to get the victory. She was helped by Keeley Mayers, who hit a triple.

Tori Crumbley had the game's defensive highlight, turning an unassisted double play for Safety Harbor/Oldsmar.

Safety Harbor/Oldsmar, which will also play in the sectional in Crystal River, went 4-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents by a combined 61-9.

NO MATCH FOR NORTHEAST: Northeast No. 1 turned in a dominant performance on its field to capture the 9-10 baseball district title for District 5.

In five games, all victories, Northeast No. 1's margin of victory was 80-16. In the championship game against Pinellas Park National, Northeast No. 1 cruised 15-2 in a game shortened to four innings because of the mercy rule.

Northeast No. 1 starting pitcher Ryan Grimner was staked to an early lead against Pinellas Park National and threw all four innings to get the victory.

To reach the title game, Northeast No. 1 defeated Baypoint 24-7, crushed Seminole No. 2 18-2, shut out Northeast No. 2 15-0 and squeaked by Seminole No. 1 8-5.

Against Seminole No. 1, Grimner hit a home run in his first at bat to spark Northeast No. 1's offense.

Micah Foerster came on in relief and kept Seminole No. 1 off the scoreboard to pick up the save.

Northeast No. 1 advanced to the sectional tournament at Pinellas Park National Little League starting July 16.

NEWS AND NOTES: Holiday and Safety Harbor meet tonight at 7 for the 10-11 baseball championship in District 12. Safety Harbor edged Palm Harbor 9-8 in Wednesday's semifinal; Holiday shut out East Lake 4-0 to reach the title game, which will be played at Largo Little League. … The combined Seminole/Northeast 11-12 softball team can wrap up the District 5 title tonight at 6 at Seminole Little League with a victory over Pinellas Park National. If Pinellas Park National prevails, the teams will meet again at 10 a.m. Saturday for the title.

Pinellas Park National rallies to win 9-10 softball district title 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 1:04am]

    

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