If Jeff Frazer could have his way, he would want all of his starts to be like the ones he has compiled in the Dunedin Spring Tournament. The Dunedin senior likes his school's tourney because he has yet to surrender a run.
As a sophomore, he tossed a no-hitter. Last year he pitched a shutout. And Tuesday, he scattered three hits and struck out eight en route to a complete-game, 9-0 victory against Hernando.
"This tournament is always good to me. It's pretty cool," Frazer said. "The defense made some great plays and my pitches were on today although I didn't throw a lot of first-pitch strikes."
He didn't have to. Although he got behind in the count at times, he only walked one batter _ in the seventh inning _ and forced the Leopards to hit into nine groundouts.
And he got offensive support from designated hitter D DeSantis, who drove in two runs, scored another two and went 2-for-2. Toby Evans scored three times and Peter Nystrom added an RBI triple for the Falcons (9-4).
Hernando's battery also could have used a recharge. Starter Patrick Henning was hit hard, allowing seven runs and the Falcons stole four bases _ three in the third _ off catcher Lance Robinson, who also had a throwing error that led to a Dunedin run.
"This is the best game we played since we came back from Miami," Dunedin coach Greg Nichols said. "And this is what we were looking for, trying to play seven full innings and we really did a good job. They're a good ballclub. It wasn't that evident just because we played so well and executed so well."
Dunedin scored in all but the second and seventh innings as Aaron Sobieraj and Brigham Lumm, two of six Falcons hitting better than .300, each drove in two runs and scored twice. Hernando went down in order three times and left four runners in scoring position.
Hernando (11-5) didn't threaten until it loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs. But Frazer (5-1) struck out B.J. Hart and pinch-hitter Kyle Tuttle before getting Jay Pingley to fly out.
Dunedin faces Northeast, a 4-1 winner over Tarpon Springs, in the semifinals tonight at 5:30 at Dunedin Stadium. Central and Largo will resume its rain-suspended game at 6 p.m. at the Englebert Complex. Chad Good and Casey Bell scored to give the Bears a 2-0 lead in the third.
The Pinellas Park-Dixie Hollins and Zephyrhills-Springstead games were rained out.