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Palma Ceia eliminates Northside in District 6

Northside improved in its second game against Palma Ceia but not enough and was eliminated with an 11-9 loss in 10 innings in the District 6 Junior baseball tournament Wednesday.

On Saturday host Palma Ceia pounded out a 19-1 victory against Northside in the opener. Northside won twice to set up the rematch, but back-to-back home runs in the 10th gave Palma Ceia the win.

"That game could have went either way," Northside manager Joe McGrath said. "The difference was we came out a little flat on Saturday. I think maybe the boys were a little intimidated by the situation and in awe of the Palma Ceia team because they had heard how good they were. After we got a couple of games under our belt and saw them play a little bit, we knew we could stay with them."

Peto Kirkwood propelled Palma Ceia with a leadoff home run to centerfield to open the 10th, and after Northside went to the bullpen Shane Scanlon drilled a homer to rightfield to put his team up two.

Northside's Chris Barbosa started a two-out rally with a walk in the bottom of the 10th, and Dayne Raynor singled to put runners on first and second. Pitcher Michael Lashbrook ended the threat by getting the last batter to pop up to the mound.

Lashbrook was one strike away from ending the game in the eighth, but Vincent Lally lined a full-count pitch up the middle to score Raynor with two outs. Lally was picked off first to end the inning.

Logan Welch put Palma Ceia ahead 9-8 in the top of the eighth with a two-out hit-and-run single through the right side to score Travis Hafner from second.

Lashbrook threw five innings of relief for Palma Ceia to earn the victory, striking out five and allowing the run in the eighth.

Barbosa came in after Palma Ceia scored seven and sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth.

In Minor baseball, Ever Millet scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to give West Tampa a 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay.

West Tampa remains undefeated, and Tampa Bay must win another game to earn a rematch for the Field A championship.

Down 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth, West Tampa drew three walks to load the bases with no outs. Taylor Davis singled to score Tito Torres to tie it, and on the next pitch Millet came home ahead of the throw after the ball bounced past the catcher.

Millet and Devin Alvarez scored in the second as Andre Davis doubled to give West Tampa a 2-0 lead. Jacob Lopez tied it when he came in on a wild pitch with two outs in the fourth after Tampa Bay had a runner thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch to end the third inning.

Tampa Bay retook the lead in the top of the sixth after West Tampa's Reshard Dunnigan rushed home on Carlos Cuevas' bunt to tie it at three in the bottom of the fifth.

Michael Demo and John McKay had back-to-back singles, and pitcher Matt Jensen scored Demo with a single to rightfield to propel Tampa Bay in front 4-3.

Jensen and West Tampa starter Andre Davis kept their teams in the hunt with superb outings. Jensen allowed three runs in his first five innings and left after walking the first two runners in the sixth. He struck out six and yielded four hits, all in the second. Davis limited Tampa Bay to three runs in five innings, walking two batters and surrendering three hits.

In Field B, host Palma Ceia racked up a 15-4 win against Northside to advance out of the loser's bracket. Nick Ramos went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Tanner Anderson had two hits, including a triple, to score four times for Palma Ceia. Tyler Linaburg had two hits.

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