The recent conclusion of city and county tournaments set the stage for this week's Little League district all-star series.
West Pasco won its first game in the opening round of the District 12 Minors tournament for ages 9-10, beating West Pinellas 6-5 in eight innings on Monday. West Pasco plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the East Lake Little League field. The opponent was undetermined at press time.
Vince Cerbini scored the game-winner, beating the throw home on Lee Krieg's grounder to shortstop.
The game was tied three times, with West Pasco sending it to extra innings by scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Laliberte had an RBI double and scored the tying run on an error.
"The kids came back. They showed a lot of heart," West Pasco coach Frank Zivica said. "Both teams played extremely well."
Holiday split a pair of games, shutting out Largo 3-0 on Monday before Wednesday's 9-8 loss to Dunedin American. Holiday plays Countryside Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at East Lake.
"Tremendous pitching" is how Holiday manager Chris Angello described the first game, a combined one-hitter by Timmy Baker and Kyle Cregan.
Joshua Le'Roy led Holiday's offense with five hits, including two doubles, and five RBI in two games.
"He's really been clubbing the ball for us," Angello said.
Hudson lost to Safety Harbor American 11-8 in the opening round of its series on Monday. Hudson faces Dunedin National tonight at 7 p.m. at East Lake.
Hudson took a short-lived 3-0 lead before falling behind 11-3. The local all-stars closed the gap by scoring five runs in the last three innings, but still came up short.
"We just had a couple of bad innings; a few walks, a few errors," coach Mike Bua said.
Cleanup hitter Danny Elswick had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBI. Kenny Eva and Bobby O'Dell chipped in with two hits and two RBI apiece.
District 13: At the Bloomingdale Little League field in Brandon, Land O'Lakes' B team fell to Lutz 18-8 in the opening round of the 9-10 All-Star tournament.
Ahead 7-4 in the fourth inning, Land O'Lakes lost on a slew of walks and base hits. Tyler Ayres led Lutz with five RBI.
"The pitching really just fell apart," Land O'Lakes manager Tom Hoppe said.
Land O'Lakes was scheduled to face South Brandon or Sulphur Springs Thursday night in the losers bracket.
The A team from Land O'Lakes did not fare much better, losing 12-9 to Belmont Heights Wednesday at the Northeast Little League field. Land O'Lakes meets Lutz or Progress Village of south Tampa tonight in the losers bracket.
Jared Walker, Jeff Robinson, Dustin Collins and Kenny McFann sparked the Land O'Lakes offense, which could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit.