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Star pitcher carries big bat for 16-1 league champions

Adam Yanchuck led the Dodgers of the Azalea Intermediate (13-year-olds) division to a league championship. Behind Yanchuck's pitching and hitting, the Dodgers compiled a 16-1 record and won both halves during the season. Yanchuck, a seventh grader at Shorecrest, finished the season in strong fashion last week.

In one game last week, Yanchuck hit a grand slam, a two-run homer and a single, knocking in six runs to lead his team to victory. In the Dodgers' last game of the season, Yanchuck threw a no-hitter against Gulfport and also hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers won 7-0. In that game, Yanchuck struck out a season-high 14 and walked four in seven innings.

During the season, Yanchuck had a .660 batting average and a 1.270 slugging percentage. He had a league-leading 55 RBI and slugged a league-high 13 home runs, including three in one game.

Other players who contributed heavily for the Dodgers were P.J. Klappas and Kevin Finch. Klappas was one of the leading hitters in the league and had a strong second half. Finch shared pitching duties with Yanchuck throughout the year.

Wright's Nursing Home of the Seminole Intermediate (13-year-olds) division is trying to wrap up a league championship.

Wright's won the first-half title with a 9-2 record and is tied for first place in the second half with a 7-1 record and two games left.

Wright's Nursing Home has had a potent offensive attack that has averaged 12 runs per game this season. Leading the way has been Cassius Peacock, who is hitting .600. Four other players are hitting well over .400 for Wright's _ Kyle Corman at .450, Ben Faris at .438, Scooter Bates at .550 and Dave Phelps at .480. Corman leads the team in RBI with 47 and is 6-1 as a pitcher. Bates has 27 steals and has played outstanding defense, while Peacock and Faris have done well on the mound.

Rotary and Quick Print of the Seminole Seniors (14-15-year-olds) division have had confounding years.

Rotary went a dismal 3-6 during the first half of the year while Quick Print went on to capture the first-half title. But the momentum shifted dramatically during the second half as Rotary marched to a 7-1 record while Quick Print was still searching Saturday for its first win of the second half.

Rotary had an opportunity to clinch the second-half title Saturday night against Quick Print. If Rotary wins the second-half crown, it will force a playoff with Quick Print.

"We have a lot of 14-year-olds on this team," manager Alan McNamee said. "It just took time for us to jell."

Joey Terantino, Brett McKee, Ryan Snellings, Kevin McNamee, Kurt Bultman and Trevor Butler have set the tone during the second half for Rotary. Terantino is batting .400 while McKee is hitting .364. Snellings is batting .314 and McNamee has an on-base percentage of .508. McKee, McNamee and Snellings have been the key pitchers.

Chris Stubbs was awarded the Seminole Youth sportsmanship award for his leadership, optimism and character.

Stubbs plays for Landata Inc. of the Seminole Majors (9-12-year-olds) baseball division.