Seminole American overcame a 5-1 deficit to defeat Northeast 8-5 in a losers bracket game of the District 5 Majors baseball tournament Monday night.
Seminole American played Seminole National in a losers bracket final Tuesday night. The winner plays unbeaten Cross Bayou for the ages 10-12 championship today at Northeast.
"The kids really bounced back," Seminole American manager Melanie Cordes said. "They just hung in there and fought hard."
Trailing 5-1 in the third inning, Seminole American cut the deficit to 5-3 with hits from Todd Moody, Adam Wilzinski, Joey Bednar and Matt Miller.
In the fourth, Colin Shaw hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 5, and in the sixth, after Brett Palenski and Shaw singled, Kevin Cordes hit a two-run double. Ryan Klee knocked in Cordes with a single to make it 8-5.
Klee picked up the win in relief, allowing five hits and one run in 5 innings. Palenski and Cordes each had three hits and two RBI to lead the offense.
Minors baseball (ages 9-12): Chad Brangers struck out 10 and picked up the win as Pinellas Park American edged Azalea 3-2 in a losers bracket game.
Frank Trinkaus, Mike Rienhold and Timmy Burke had key hits for the winners.
Ben Barber threw a three-hitter and catcher Michael Goreski played strong defense for Azalea.
In other action, Tommy Weaver hit a two-out, bases-loaded single that scored Eddie Chilanick with the winning run as Pinellas Park National No. 1 trimmed Seminole No. 1 8-7 in a losers bracket game.
Cody Gelwick, Matt McGee, Weaver and Chilanick led the way offensively, combining for 11 hits. Chris Gerber and Weaver combined for the pitching win.
Intermediates (age 13): Jeff Arcand hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as Seminole upended Gulf Beaches 10-8 in a losers bracket game.
Ben Yannessa, Brian Lake and Larry Talento had two hits, and Yannessa stole four bases.
In other action, Revel Rosario threw a four-hitter and struck out 10 as Gulfport edged Northeast 2-1 in a losers bracket game.
Charles Rhodes, Ryan Apuzzo and Ray White had key hits for Gulfport.
Majors softball (ages 10-12): Baypoint scored 18 runs in the fifth inning to rally from an 8-5 deficit and down Northwest 23-10 in a losers bracket game.
Heather Ratliff, Tammy Newton and Jeanine Skinner sparked the outburst with extra-base hits, while Tanya Bonilla, Mandy Hobby, Deidre Favero and Rita Kana added hits.
Seniors baseball (ages 13-15): Shawn Wagner knocked in four runs, two with a homer, as Baypoint defeated Pinellas Park National 8-2 in a losers bracket game. Damien Hurm added a solo blast. P.J. Penrose got the win, allowing seven hits.
In other action, Tommy Ruse struck out seven and picked up the win as Cross Bayou downed Southwest 14-4 in a losers bracket game.
Kevin DeLeeuw and Keith DeLeeuw keyed the offense with extra-base hits. Gerald Frazier and Riley Weingart played strong defense for Cross Bayou.
Seniors softball (ages 13-15): Caley Parker had an RBI triple and double and pitched the full game as Azalea defeated Seminole 14-9 in the losers bracket. Cassie May had a three-run double and Kieley Hughes had a double-play.
District 5 Little League Tournament
Majors baseball (ages 10-12)
Seminole American 8, Northeast 5
Seminole American vs. Seminole National
Intermediates (age 13)
At Azalea Little League
Gulfport 2, Northeast 1
Seminole 10, Gulf Beaches 8
Gulfport vs. Seminole
Majors softball (ages 10-12)
Baypoint 23, Northwest 10
Baypoint vs. Meadowlawn
Seniors baseball (ages 13-15)
At Cross Bayou complex
Baypoint 8, Pinellas Park American 7
Cross Bayou 14, Southwest 4
Baypoint vs. Azalea
Northwest vs. Cross Bayou
Baypoint/Azalea winner vs. Northwest/Cross Bayou winner, 5:30 p.m.
Seniors softball (ages 13-15)
Azalea 13, Seminole 9
Gulfport vs. Azalea
If necessary, Gulfport vs. Azalea, 7:30 p.m. (Azalea)