Sophomore outfielder Rick Stegbauer hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh inning to spark a three-run uprising as Seminole defeated host Boca Ciega 5-2 in a Pinellas County Athletic Conference baseball game Friday night.
The Warhawks remained unbeaten at 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the PCAC. It is the best start a Seminole team has had in Bill Brinker's 30 years as coach.
"This team is a good ballclub," Brinker said. "We're always going to see all the No. 1 pitchers and I'm sure we're going to lose once in a while but these kids get down and bounce right back. They're tough and don't quit."
Seminole fell behind in the third inning when Boca Ciega's Clint Chrysler punched a two-run single to centerfield to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. But the Warhawks tied it in the fourth inning when Ryan Snellings walked and came around to score on a sacrifice and a throwing error.
Seminole took the lead in the seventh after Stegbauer's solo homer to leftfield off losing pitcher Chrysler (0-3). Seminole added two more runs in the inning on a triple by Greg Jones around three errors.
Snellings, a left-hander, yielded two hits and fanned four to pick up his fourth win without a loss. It was the seventh complete game of the season thrown by a Seminole pitcher. The pitching staff has allowed eight earned runs in nine games this year.
"We've had some outstanding pitching," Brinker said. "But we've played very well defensively, which has contributed to the excellent pitching we've been getting."