By ROVEN YAU
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002
Pinellas Park National kicked off the District 5 senior baseball Tournament of Champions with a 4-2 victory over Seminole.
Catcher Kyle Scott went 3-for-4 while battery mate Sean Johnson struck out seven over six innings. Pinellas Park National plays Gulfport at noon Saturday.
JUNIOR BASEBALL: Northeast defeated Pinellas Park American 9-2. First baseman Nick Bunch had two doubles and three RBIs, and Chris Gutierrez struck out 12.
MAJOR BASEBALL: Seminole eliminated Azalea with an 11-5 victory. Seminole blew a 4-0 in the fourth inning before bouncing back to score seven unanswered runs. Owenn Kuehnert and Robby Oxner both had two hits and two RBIs for Seminole. Jacob Turner pitched two innings in relief for the win. Seminole will play either Pinellas Park National or Pinellas Park American tonight at 6.
Southpaw Gordon McLean threw Northeast's second shutout in a 6-0 win over Southwest. McLean allowed one hit and struck out 14 in a complete game. Shortstop Nick Gaines's two-run double in the third broke the game open. Cross Bayou eliminated Gulfport after a 7-0 victory and will play either Southwest or Northeast at 10 a.m. Saturday.
MINOR BASEBALL: Ellis Weaver's six strikeouts helped Thunder Dome get past Seminole 6-5 on Wednesday. Weaver pitched all six innings. Thunder Dome advances to play Cross Bayou #2 tonight at 8.
JUNIOR SOFTBALL: Northeast rebounded from an opening-round loss to Azalea with a 23-8 victory over Northwest. Centerfielder Caitlin Cornette had a triple and a home run in Northeast's 14-hit attack. Cornette also scored four runs. Third baseman Elise Small had three hits, including a triple, and first baseman Laura Egolf went 4-for-5. Northeast will play either Pinellas Park National or Meadowlawn at 10 a.m. Saturday.