. fast facts
Berkeley Prep — Tony Pikos; Clearwater – Andre Ortega, Dustin Sanford; North Port – Bryce Johnston; Northside Christian – Robbie Williams; Osceola – Taylor Layner; Pendleton – Jimmy O'Neill; Seminole – Tim Lamoureux, Mike Martello
MVP — John Ryan Murphy, Pendleton
SEMINOLE — Clearwater coach David Vince knew his Tornadoes would have to play near-flawless baseball to have a chance at upending undefeated Bradenton Pendleton in Saturday's final of the Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament at Seminole High.
Three first-inning errors, however, were not what the veteran coach had in mind.
Pendleton jumped on the Tornadoes for five runs in the opening inning and cruised to a 14-5 victory and the tournament title.
"We had some defensive boo-boos, and they made us pay every time we made a mistake," Vince said.
Clearwater (7-12) had opportunities to get back in the game but was turned away each time by a dominating Pendleton pitching staff. Trailing 7-1, the Tornadoes scored twice in the fifth as Dustin Sanford laced a two-out, two-run single.
But Pendleton (19-0) responded with five runs in the top of the sixth. RBI singles by Dillon Moyer, Nick Mace and John Ryan Murphy and a RBI double from Blaze Tart put the Panthers ahead 12-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Clearwater's Sean O'Brien hit into a force play that scored a run, and Brett Gourlay singled home another to make it 12-5.
"We tried to get back in it three innings in a row. We were one hit away, and we just couldn't get that hit," Vince said. "That's a heck of a team. They've got several first-round draft pick potential guys."
Pendleton's Murphy, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, was named the tournament MVP.
Seminole 6, Osceola 2: Seminole's Joey Krehbiel started the season with inflammation in his pitching elbow and said he is just now starting to feel 100 percent.
Against Osceola in the Georgiadis third-place game, Krehbiel made his first start of the season (second appearance overall) and pitched effectively. The sophomore right-hander gave up only two hits and one run in five innings to pace Seminole to a win against its crosstown rival.
"This wasn't too much of a big win districtwise or anything like that, but it was a pride game," Krehbiel (2-0) said. "It helps send a message for the next time we play."
Osceola and Seminole meet Tuesday in a district rematch of their epic, 13-inning game in March, but Saturday's third-place game served as an appetizer.
Seminole (13-5) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning after an error allowed Teddy Willis to score and an RBI groundout from Gabe Martello brought home Mike Martello.
Osceola (14-3) cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth on Josh Townsend's sacrifice fly.
The Warhawks answered in the bottom half of the inning. Jordan Doyle stroked a double that scored Casey Jennings (running for Krehbiel, who singled to leadoff the inning). With two outs, Mike Carlin singled home a run to make it 4-1 Seminole.
Osceola cut it to 4-2 and had a chance to take the lead in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. But Tim Lamoureux came on in relief and struck out Craig Schafer looking and Barrett Pluskat swinging to end the threat.
"This was a big win," Lamoureux said. "We needed to make a statement."
Seminole added insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Doyle and Mike Martello hit back-to-back RBI singles.