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Little League state tournament starts today

State tournaments begin today around Florida, and teams from Pinellas County represent six of nine Section 4 divisions. District 5's Seminole League sent teams in 9-10, major and junior baseball to state, and big-league baseball and major and big-league softball are represented by District 12.

FINAL SECTIONAL NOTES: District 5 (Seminole) took the Section title in 9-10 baseball from Venice 12-2 on Thursday, behind Brian Campbell and Skyler Delgado. Seminole broke the game open with a nine-run third inning, and everyone had at least one hit. Lucas Buhrow, Adam Chappie, Charlie Diehl, Greg Mogle, Phillip Neary, Ricky Nolan, Brian Overton, Robby Pike, John Tribbey and Clifton Williams round out the team.

Dustin Sode threw nine strikeouts to give the District 12 big-league baseball Rockies a 4-1 victory over District 9 Thursday night. District 9 led 1-0 until the sixth, when Tony Ferreira hit a triple to bring in three runs and win the game. Joe Rommlof went 2-for-3 and turned a key double play in the fifth to stop District 9's rally.

District 5's (Seminole) senior softball team played a doubleheader Thursday night, defeating West Pasco 14-5 in the first game, the losers'-bracket final. Courtney Lewellen pitched all seven innings for Seminole, and also brought in one run. Jamie Campbell had four RBI on two hits, Christy Deken brought in one, Amy McFarlin scored twice and brought in two other runs, and Stephanie Strickland brought in two runs. District 5 lost 14-0 to District 18 in the championship game.

Signing

Former Northeast High baseball player Jim Bova has committed to attend Hillsborough Community College for the fall semester. Bova, who was slowed by broken ribs most of his senior season, has not yet signed a scholarship. He will try out during the fall, but the team has reserved a scholarship for Bova after they make sure the injury is healed.

Bova played in only 13 games last year, batting .417 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Bova will be cleared to play again on August 5 by his doctors.

Bova was a member of the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League under-16 teams that won a national championship in 1994 and were national runners-up in 1995.

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