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Land O'Lakes Seniors relaxed in postseason

LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS: Extra time together has the team feeling confident of its chances.

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 3, 2002

LAND O'LAKES -- The Land O'Lakes Yankees and Seniors team are one and the same. With five wins in six postseason games, the formula appears to be working.

"You could say that," manager Fred Nipper said. "Us being together for so long has helped."

Land O'Lakes, which went 4-1 to win the District 13 President's tournament, opened all-star play Saturday with an 8-2 win over North Seminole.

David Caradona earned the win with a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 12, walking two and hitting two. In the sixth, Caradona tired but convinced Nipper to let him finish up.

"He was so worn out that every pitch he was grunting," Nipper said. "He was struggling, but he never lost control."

Land O'Lakes got most of its runs on walks and errors. In the sixth, Land O'Lakes snapped a 2-2 tie with six runs on five walks and Dale Huffman's two-run single.

Huffman had two hits, and Matt Condor, Shane Coughlin and Chris Quinones had one apiece.

Land O'Lakes' Junior Baseball team also relied on a solid pitching performance to beat North Seminole. Jeff Bloomer pitched a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 win.

"I think whenever you can have a pitcher pitch that well and the defense behind him is catching the ball ... that makes a difference," Land O'Lakes manager Robert Peterson said.

Anthony Santa drove in two runs in Land O'Lakes' four-run third. Wes Fuglesang, Shane Stone, Jacob Neely and Caz Piurowski each drove in a run. Neely laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze that scored Eli Jones.

Land O'Lakes National beat North Seminole 4-2 in its Majors opener. Charlie Fischer scattered five hits, fanned 10 and walked three. Derek Lynch drove in three runs, two with a two-run double in the third. David Vente added an RBI single in that inning.

The Land O'Lakes Major Softball team won twice, 9-7 over New Tampa and 17-0 over East Point.

Against New Tampa, CeCe Douglas hit a solo home run and Land O'Lakes got two hits and two runs from Brittney Abel, winning pitcher Amanda Pardo and Courtney Tumbarello.

Becky Powell threw a no-hitter against East Point in a game shortened to four innings by the 10-run rule. Keica Schiffer, who had four hits and two RBIs, Jessica Austin and Tumbarello each scored three runs.

DISTRICT 15: Shady Hills' three teams had mixed results. The Juniors fared the best with two wins, 9-1 over Anthony and 12-1 over Dixie County. Tommy Snow smacked a three-run homer against Dixie County. Sam Donataccio went the distance against Anthony and Adam Kottwitz earned the win in the second game. The Seniors lost 7-4 to Dunnellon before settling for a 7-0 forfeit over Crystal River. The Majors lost 12-2 to Central Citrus.

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