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Up and down season

A week after winning the American Legion B District tournament, Odessa Post 147 went winless in the Tampa Bay Area tourney.

Odessa (12-9 overall, 9-7 in the regular season) went two-and-out at the Auburndale tournament, losing 8-6 to Lancer on Friday and 4-0 to Plant on Saturday.

Post 147 had gone 3-0 in the previous weekend's district tourney at Jesuit. Odessa defeated the Boys & Girls Club 10-7, Jesuit 3-1 and Jefferson Post 248 5-0.

"It hurts, because you know they could do better," Odessa coach Marcos Perez said. "I saw what we did at districts."

Daniel Hoppe pitched a two-hit shutout in the district final. His best inning came in the first when he loaded the bases with no outs before striking out the side.

"That was too dangerous for me. My heart was in my throat," Perez said. "After that first inning, he had nothing but full control."

Odessa scored all the runs it needed against Jefferson in a four-run fourth. Hoppe, Todd Roan, Joey Piessig and Chris Perez had RBI singles.

Post 147 had its most productive game in its playoff opener. Logan Payne, Keith Elser and Luis Pena went 3-for-4 in the 10-run outburst against the Boys & Girls Club. Payne also had three RBIs and scored a run, Elser scored four runs and Pena had a double and an RBI.

Odessa outhit Lancer 10-6 on Friday but three infield errors led to three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Odessa snapped a tie at 5 with a run in the top of the sixth. Elser reached on an infield error, stole second, advanced to third on Payne's flyout and scored on Hoppe's run-scoring single.

Billy Dickert led Odessa, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Elser scored three runs, Payne scored twice and Adam Blair hit a two-run single.

"You get 10 basehits, you should win," coach Perez said.

Post 147 played even worse defensively against Plant, making six errors. Odessa, which made just two errors in three district games, committed nine in two Tampa Bay Area tourney games.

"We just lost our concentration," coach Perez said.

Hoppe and Piessig each went 1-0 on the mound for Odessa in the postseason. Payne was 1-1 and Perez went 0-1.

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