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Leopards no match for the host Falcons

Published Oct. 1, 2005

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 threw 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."

Hernando (11-5) didn't threaten until it loaded the bases in the bottom of 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 the winner of Tarpon Springs-Northeast, which was late, in the semifinals tonight at 5:30 at Dunedin Stadium. Central and Largo will resume its rain-suspended game with the Bears ahead 2-0 in the third at 6 p.m. at the Englebert Complex. The Pinellas Park-Dixie Hollins and Zephyrhills-Springstead games were rained out.