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Big Games Galore

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003

Dunedin will kick off a week of intriguing matchups when it travels to Jacksonville for two games this weekend.

The Falcons, because of their Easter tournament, district and conference games, have little space on their schedule for outside games, and choose them wisely: Bolles tonight and Bishop Kenny on Saturday.

Bolles, the Class 3A champion, is 14-4 and ranked No. 3 in the state poll. Bishop Kenny (18-2) is ranked No. 2 in 4A (one point ahead of Dunedin) and is the defending state champion.

"It's the only two games we could add, so we like to go on a trip every year," Falcons coach Tom Hilbert said. "We just try to get the best competition we can going into the postseason."

Clearwater Central Catholic is employing the same approach: it will travel to Tampa on Wednesday to play Jesuit in a meeting of three-time state champions. The Tigers are 16-5 and ranked No. 9 in 3A; CCC is No. 4 in 2A.

The Marauders will close their season next Friday, traveling to Fort Myers to meet Bishop Verot, ranked No. 7 in 3A.

The Super Seven

1. Dunedin (16-3)

2. East Lake (18-3)

3. Northside Christian (20-2)

4. Seminole (17-3)

5. Clearwater Central Catholic (17-5)

6. Palm Harbor University (16-7)

7. Osceola (16-7)

Players to Watch

David Cash, INF, Northside Christian: Cash, the son of former major leaguer Dave Cash, went 10-for-19 the past two weeks with four RBIs, five runs and a home run to take the Mustang lead in hitting at .458. The Sickles transfer is seventh in the county in average, second in RBIs (28) and second in homers (five). Cash's father played 12 seasons for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal and San Diego, leading the league in hits and at-bats in 1975.

Marshall Hampton, OF, Admiral Farragut: Someone is hot: 14-for-25 the past two weeks with 17 runs scored, a home run and two doubles. The Blue Jackets leadoff hitter also swiped 11 bases, boosting him into the county lead. As well known for his exploits quarterbacking Admiral Farragut's football team, Hampton is batting a robust .471.

Chris Coghlan, SS, East Lake: All kinds of school records are going to fall once Coghlan finishes off this season. The Eagles' best all-around hitter the past two seasons leads the county with a .562 average and has pretty much locked up the batting title and one school record. Others should fall, including runs (Coghlan has a county-leading 41) and doubles (11), with triples (six) not far behind.

-- Compiled by John C. Cotey.

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