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Snare superb in Eagles win over Pinellas Park

After the game against Pinellas Park Saturday night in the first round of the Dunedin Spring Tournament, East Lake pitcher Ryan Snare thumbed through the scorebook. He wanted to see how many batters he struck out.

After counting and recounting, he came up with the total: 11. He also came across a few other stats: two walks, one hit batsman and just one hit.

All that in a complete-game 17-0 win that ended via the 10-run rule after five innings. All that in front of at least 18 professional scouts with radar guns clocking Snare's fastball around 87 mph.

Snare was untouchable until there was one out in the fifth inning. Champ Rumore prevented Snare from getting his second no-hitter of his career with a single off East Lake second baseman Ryan Matiyak's glove.

But Snare still walked away with the win, improving to 3-0 in his second start since missing time with an injured right ankle. Snare also helped himself at the plate going 2-for-5, including a double, two runs and three RBI. Sam Meinrod and Pete Sepulveda also drove in three runs as the Eagles (12-2) earned their second straight shutout, scoring five in the first and eight in the second.

"You never get used to wins," East Lake coach Lee Byers said. "It's always fun."

Snare, who has signed to play at the University of North Carolina, didn't appear fazed by the scouts who have been following him around all year. His curveball had bite and he used it to strike out most of the 18 batters he faced. He also picked off a runner at first base, but it was the first time in four games he failed to nab at least two.

Pasco (12-2) overcame dropped balls to beat Dixie Hollins 4-3 as the Pirates scored all four runs in the first. For the Rebels, Brian Adair had a pair of RBI singles and Mike Smith struck out seven and pitched a complete-game five-hitter in the loss.

At Dunedin Stadium, Ridgewood (6-5) blew a lead with two outs in the seventh to allow Clearwater (6-6) to escape with a 4-3 win. Tim Decubellis lost David Roach's popup in the lights which would have ended the game.

A throwing error on the shortstop allowed pinch-runner Gabe Farinella to tie the game at 3-3 on the next play. Brenden Fuller drove in Mike Elyward with the game-winner.

Host Dunedin (8-4) downed Zephyrhills (5-6) 5-1 in the tournament opener as Peter Nystrom, who recently set the school record for hits, led the Falcons with an RBI double in a three-run sixth.