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Falcons get back on track

By ERIC MUSKATEVC

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2003


DUNEDIN -- Tim Bascom wasn't about to let River Ridge spoil Dunedin's first game in its own tournament. For that matter, the Falcon pitcher also wasn't about to let the Royal Knights spoil his perfect season.

After Saturday's 2-0 win in the Dunedin Easter Tournament, Bascom is 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

"We left 11 runners on base Thursday (in a loss to Palmetto)," Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert said after the Falcons (12-2) stranded 10 against River Ridge. "Obviously we try and put pressure on them and have an opportunity to score in each inning, and we were fortune enough to get those two runs."

Opportunity knocked in the second when Ricky Rogers tripled home Michael Barbara, giving Dunedin a 1-0 lead. One run was enough for Bascom.

"He did what he has done all year," Hilbert said. "He kept them off-balance and trusted his defense."

Bascom pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and no walks. He allowed just four hits and ended the game in the seventh by striking out the side.

River Ridge ace Justin Roth (3-3) gave Dunedin all it could handle. Roth struck out four and walked four. Four of the seven hits he allowed came in the two innings in which Dunedin scored, but otherwise he kept the Falcons' bats relatively quiet.

"He's a decent pitcher," Hilbert said. "He knew what he was doing, he wouldn't have been out there if he didn't. We expected him to throw a good game and he did."

Roth went the distance for the Knights (5-6).

Dunedin added an insurance run in the fifth when Joey Angelberger smacked a leadoff single. Angelberger, who was 2-for-3 with a double, scored from third base on Barbara's second single.

"We have nothing to be ashamed about," River Ridge coach Jack Homko said. "But it is a loss, and it was a tough loss."

Dunedin has won its own tournament 14 times, including four of the past six.

In other games, Countryside edged Charlotte 3-2 and Clearwater Central Catholic defeated Pinellas Park.

The Cougars will face Tallahassee Lincoln on Monday and the Marauders await the winner of Palm Harbor University/Dixie Hollins.

Dunedin will play the winner of Venice/Lawton Chiles on Tuesday. Venice has won the holiday tournament twice, most recently in 2001 when it beat Dunedin 10-1 in the final.

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