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Saturday's heroes

JEFF HOWELL, Merritt Island: The junior catcher went 2-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded bunt single.

KEVIN DEATON, Merritt Island: The senior pitcher/first baseman drove in three runs and earned the win by pitching 3 innings of relief.

JAMES HOUSER, Sarasota: The ninth-grade pitcher allowed two earned runs and struck out seven in six innings.

KENNY PEREZ, South Miami: The senior shortstop drove in two runs with a double in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. He went 5-for-5 at the state tournament.

OYUN VEGA, South Miami: The senior pitched a three-hitter, allowing two earned runs. He struck out seven in improving to 5-3.

RUDY DE LA NOVAL, South Miami: The junior first baseman went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Both hits were doubles.

DENNIS CAVILLA, Colonial: The senior pitcher struck out 10 and allowed one earned run in seven innings. He also had Colonial's only RBI.