Bayshore/Palma Ceia won its opener Saturday in the Junior Baseball Southern Regional at Cartersville, Ga., 9-5 over Trenham Little League of Columbia, S.C.
A.J. Salhanik hit a grand slam to lead the Hillsborough County representative's offense.
The game was tied at 5 in the seventh inning before Bayshore/Palma Ceia's offense put the game away _ and Steven Sentlingar pitched in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and gave up no hits and no walks.
Bayshore/Palma Ceia plays Lake Charles, La., at 2 p.m. today in the winners bracket.
Palma Ceia won the first state title in its history the same season it lost its concession stand and much equipment to an arsonist.