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Bonser and Jiannetti star in baseball showcase

The Daytona Beach CC signees total eight RBI in the Senior All-Star Game.

If their performances against the best pitching Pinellas County has to offer are any indication, Daytona Beach Community College has a lot to look forward to from Boof Bonser and Joe Jiannetti.

Bonser and Jiannetti, who will be teammates next year at Daytona Beach, combined for three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in Sunday's Pinellas County Senior All-Star Game. St. Petersburg High's Jiannetti slammed an opposite-field homer and two doubles, good for four RBI. Bonser, from Gibbs, hit a two-run homer and two-run double.

"I just got some pitches I could hit," Bonser said. "I think everybody got a little tired after awhile and that is when I got my hits."

Bonser, a likely pick in next month's Major League Baseball draft, also started on the mound and struck out three, though he gave up a two-run homer to East Lake's Chris Germano.

The game, put on at Countryside High for the benefit of pro and college scouts, was a showcase for the top senior players in the county. The North squad won the 12-inning game 15-7.

Another future teammate of Bonser and Jiannetti, Canterbury catcher Dorian Velez, hit a two-run double and was impressive defensively.

Also standing out at the plate were Gabe Nunez of Tarpon Springs (two hits, including a three-run homer) and Brad Suetholz of St. Petersburg Catholic (a solo homer and two-run single).

Amid all the thunder, there was some standout pitching.

Rob McNeal of Northside Christian, Mark LaMacchia of East Lake and Justin Cerrato of Clearwater combined to hold the South team hitless through five innings. LaMacchia pitched two of those innings and struck out four.

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