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Warhawks rally, pull away, land in final 15-6

Seminole is getting used to coming from behind.

Playing St. Petersburg in the semifinals of the Steve Georgiadis Holiday Tournament, the Warhawks trailed then came around late in the game for a 15-6 victory. It was the second time in as many days Seminole needed a rally to win.

"I think the guys are realizing that they can come from behind," Seminole coach Rick Chapman said. "We're executing, doing things to put people into scoring position and making things happen. We managed to put together two sound wins to put us into the final."

The Warhawks play West Springfield in the final Thursday at 7 p.m.

Trailing by a run after the first inning, Seminole scored four in the second inning and added a run in each in the third and fifth innings for a 6-1 lead.

Still, it wasn't enough.

The Green Devils batted around in the bottom of the fifth and scored five to tie the game.

After watching their lead slip away, the Warhawks regrouped in the sixth inning. They sent 13 batters up and scored nine runs off three St. Petersburg pitchers to pull away. Four Seminole players _ Craig Bultman, Brad Logan, John Vigue and Mike Thornhill _ each had two or more hits. In all, the Warhawks collected 15 hits off five Green Devil pitchers.

It was the type of game Seminole has been involved in all season. Of its six losses counting the diamond classic exhibitions, five have been by one run. The Warhawks are starting to win those type of games.

By winning twice in their tournament, Seminole is one step away from completing a goal it set this season. The Warhawks wanted to win the diamond classic, their tournament, and be ready for districts.

In the other games, Osceola beat Gibbs 5-4, West Springfield beat Leesburg 7-2 and Clearwater Central Catholic beat Shorecrest 7-1.