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POOR DEFENSE COSTS SEMINOLE

The major baseball team falls 7-0 to North Palm Beach in the championship game.

Monday was a day of firsts for Seminole.

It was the first time Seminole was stonewalled by an opposing pitcher, the first game the team didn't hit a home run and most importantly, the first time they didn't leave the field victorious.

Bradley Emery tossed a shutout and Seminole played some sloppy defense on a soggy field, losing 7-0 to North Palm Beach in the championship game of the Little League Major Baseball Tournament on Monday at Tallahassee's Canopy Oaks Community Park.

"(Emery) was one tough pitcher, and we were overmatched today," Seminole coach Ira Berman said. "We played a poor game defensively and made too many errors."

Mixing a slider with a low 70s fastball, Emery had Seminole's power-hitting lineup off balance all night. Emery had 12 strikeouts and gave up four hits.

Although Seminole fell a game short of reaching the Southeast Regionals at Gulfport later this week, Berman said the team had plenty to be proud of.

"We had a good run," Berman said. "We won 14 (games) in a row and got beat by a team (Monday) that's going to represent very well in the regionals."

Seminole reached the championship game after beating North Springs 9-1 in the semifinals Monday morning. Seminole hit five home runs, including a pair from Corey Baptist. Mike Mann, Anthony Lamoureux and Will Oberst also went deep. Mann picked up the win, striking out 10 while giving up five hits.

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Fossil Park's 13-under team advanced to the semifinals of the World Series in Memphis, Tenn. Fossil Park won twice Monday and plays Georgia at 5:30 today.

In the first game, Ryan Schultz hit a triple in the seventh to give his team the lead and defeat Mississippi 6-5. DeShon Thomas was the winning pitcher.

In the second game, Fossil Park defeated Florida's other team 20-9 in five innings. Schultz was 5-for-5, Thomas was 4-for-5, Max Eaton was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, Ryan Harbor hit a grand slam and Colin Shumake was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored.

Fossil Park advances to the final Thursday if it wins today.

Times staff writer Rodney Page contributed to this report. Brandon Wright can be reached at (727) 892-2216 or bwright@sptimes.com.

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