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Countryside marches to Majors title unbeaten

(ran LA edition of LT)

Countryside went unbeaten throughout the District 12 Tournament of Champions, capturing the Majors baseball championship Wednesday.

Countryside upended Palm Harbor National 9-1 to go 5-0 in the tournament and run its season record to 27-3.

"I'm very proud of all the boys," Countryside manager Steve Allen said. "They showed tremendous character in coming from behind in four of the five wins. They never gave up and just kept hitting the ball."

They did that again against a feisty Palm Harbor National team on Wednesday.

Sean Donahue went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, and Matt Guthrie and Ryan Szmiga each had two hits, including key doubles.

"We hit the ball really well," Allen said. "Everyone made a difference."

Kyle Lindskog and Matt Guthrie combined for a two-hitter while striking out nine.

Throughout the tournament for 10-12-year-olds, Countryside was led by Bronk Allen's hitting. He had nine RBI in the five games. Brendan Takacs went undefeated on the mound, and Greg Knable scored three runs in the title game.

Danny Mondelli played strong defense at third, John Gilbert had two stolen bases, and Steve Ulrich and Cameron Guthrie contributed off the bench.

Juniors baseball (age 13): Trevor Rhodes had a three-run triple and a single as Dunedin National downed Safety Harbor 8-3 in a Tournament of Champions winners game Wednesday.

John Godwin and Josh Kitterman combined for the win, allowing five hits and fanning nine.

Jeremy Lunn and Jacob Crowder contributed defensively to back up Dunedin's pitching.

Dunedin National will play the winner of Thursday's losers-bracket final between Countryside and Safety Harbor tonight at 7 at Clearwater American.

In other action, Chris Turtzo hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh as Countryside upended Palm Harbor National in a 14-13, losers-bracket slugfest Wednesday night.

Kevin Campbell and Greg Olsen contributed two hits each while Jason Reynolds, Chad Mele and Geoff Peattie each had RBI singles.

Seniors baseball (ages 13-15): Mike Wilson threw a four-hitter in his first start since he was 12 years old as Dunedin American blanked West Pasco 8-0 in a losers-bracket game Wednesday.

Dunedin American played Clearwater National on Thursday night in a losers bracket final. The winner plays Dunedin National tonight at 7 at Englebert Complex for the overall championship.

Sean Hamilton had a key triple while Matt Thomas, Adam Greenfield and Vic Carapazzo had two hits apiece.

Majors softball (ages 10-12): Alanna Hazzard tossed a three-hitter and struck out 10 as Countryside upended Dunedin National 13-5 in a winners-bracket final Wednesday night.

Dunedin National played West Pasco in a losers-bracket final Thursday night. The winner plays Countryside tonight at 7 for the overall title.

Marci Herman, Lindsay Ijjas, Larisa Lanton and Shanna Hazzard each had two hits. Heather Morrison had a two-run infield hit.

In a losing cause, Heather Poekert had a two-run triple and Jessica Kurella had an RBI single. Cheryl Kalajainen had a double in the fourth inning.

Seniors softball (ages 13-15): West Pinellas continued its dominance, derailing Dunedin National 15-3 in a winners-bracket game Wednesday night.

West Pinellas (27-0), which has won four successive Tournament of Champions titles, can win its fifth with a victory tonight.

Against Dunedin National, Carli Skinner knocked in four runs and had three hits. Leslie Allen and Leslie Burdette added five hits between them while Michelle Bennett picked up the win, striking out eight and allowing two hits.

In other action, Michelle Ralat and Kasey Dowd combined for six hits and seven RBI between them as Countryside pounded Safety Harbor 24-10 in a losers-bracket game Wednesday night.

Countryside played Dunedin National in a losers-bracket final Thursday night. The winner plays West Pinellas tonight at 7 in West Pasco for the championship.

Keri Barlow contributed three hits and scored four runs while Shelly Pearl scored five runs to help lift Countryside.

Mary Sobush went the distance to pick up the win and added two hits and four RBI.

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Little League tournaments

District 12 Tournament

Major baseball (ages 10-12)

Wednesday's game

Countryside 9, Palm Harbor National 1

Junior baseball (ages 13)


Wednesday's games

Dunedin National 8, Safety Harbor 3

Countryside 14, Palm Harbor American 13

Thursday's game

Countryside vs. Safety Harbor

Today's games

Countryside/Safety Harbor winner vs. Dunedin National, 7 p.m.

Senior baseball (ages 13-15)


Wednesday's game

Dunedin American 8, West Pasco 0

Thursday's game

Clearwater National vs. Dunedin American

Today's games

Clearwater National/Dunedin American winner vs. Dunedin National, 7 p.m.

Major softball (ages 10-12)


Wednesday's games

Countryside 13, Dunedin National 5

West Pasco 14, Palm Harbor National 2

Thursday's game

West Pasco vs. Dunedin National

Today's game

West Pasco/Dunedin National winner vs. Countryside, 7 p.m.

Senior softball (ages 13-15)


Wednesday's games

West Pinellas 15, Dunedin National 3

Countryside 24, Safety Harbor 10

Thursday's game

Dunedin National vs. Countryside

Today's game

West Pinellas vs. Countryside/Dunedin National winner, 7 p.m.

District 5 Tournament

Majors baseball (ages 10-12)

Wednesday's games

Seminole National 20, Meadowlawn 0

Seminole American 6, Pinellas Park American 0

Cross Bayou 3, Pinellas Park National 2

Thursday's games

Pinellas Park American vs. Azalea, 7:30 p.m. (Azalea)

Northwest vs. Meadowlawn, 5:30 p.m. (Azalea)

Gulf Beaches vs. Southwest, 5:30 p.m. (Cross Bayou)

Baypoint vs. Pinellas Park National, 7:30 p.m. (Cross Bayou)

Tonight's games

Seminole American vs. Seminole National, 7 p.m. (P.P.N.)

Northeast vs. Cross Bayou, 7:30 p.m. (Northeast)

Pinellas Park American/Azalea winner vs. Northwest/Meadowlawn winner, 7 p.m. (Azalea)

Gulf Beaches/Southwest winner vs. Baypoint/Pinellas Park National winner, 7 p.m. (Cross Bayou)

Seniors baseball (ages 13-15)

At Cross Bayou complex

Wednesday's games

Azalea 6, Pinellas Park American 4

Northwest 10, Gulf Beaches 4

Thursday's games

Seminole vs. Cross Bayou, 7:30 p.m.

Pinellas Park National vs. Gulfport, 5:30 p.m.

Today's games

Gulf Beaches vs. Baypoint, 5:30 p.m.

Azalea vs. Northeast, 7:30 p.m.

Majors softball (ages 10-12)

Wednesday's games

Baypoint 16, Gulfport 4

Pinellas Park National 21, Cross Bayou 16

Thursday's games

Northeast vs. Pinellas Park American, 5:30 p.m.

Azalea vs. Gulfport, 5:30 p.m.

Gulf Beaches vs. Meadowlawn, 5:30 (Northeast)

Seminole vs. Baypoint, 5:30 p.m. (Meadowlawn)

Today's games

Pinellas Park National vs. Northeast/Pinellas Park American winner, 7 p.m. (Meadowlawn)

Azalea/Gulfport winner vs. Northwest (Meadowlawn)

Seniors softball (ages 13-15)

Wednesday's games

Meadowlawn 5, Gulf Beaches 2

Azalea 5, Northeast 4

Thursday's games

Seminole vs. Azalea

Pinellas Park National vs. Gulfport, 7:30 p.m. (Meadowlawn)

Northeast vs. Meadowlawn, 7:30 p.m. (Northeast)

Today's games

Meadowlawn/Northeast winner vs. Pinellas Park National/Gulfport loser, 7 p.m. (Azalea)

Cross Bayou vs. Seminole/Azalea loser, 7:30 p.m. (Northeast