The scenarios were simple on Saturday at the District 12 major baseball Tournament of Champions.
Win or the season would be over. The field of 17 teams was whittled to the final four in the quarterfinals at Sid Lickton Field in Clearwater.
Tyson Fuller and Ben Sweat helped Palm Harbor National remain undefeated with an 11-2 win against West Pinellas. Palm Harbor National will play Largo National in the first semifinal today at 4 p.m. Largo National advanced by eliminating Pool B winner Countryside 5-2. Allen Pennucci threw three shutout innings for the win, and Aaron Huffman hit a home run.
Safety Harbor American reeled off its fourth straight win, beating Dunedin National 4-0. Garrett Lopp struck out 11 in six innings to help Safety Harbor American advance to face Palm Harbor American today at 4.
MAJOR BASEBALL: On Wednesday in District 12, Mark Hartle and Patrick Camporini helped Safety Harbor American win Pool C by defeating West Pinellas 3-2 in seven innings. Countryside advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 win over West Pasco. David O'Leary stuck out the final two batters to close out the win. Largo American's Chad Chappelow hit a winning two-run triple in a 5-4 win against Countryside to close round-robin play.
JUNIOR BASEBALL: Tarpon Springs earned a spot in the semifinals with a 15-5 win over Palm Harbor National on Saturday. Steve Bennett had three hits, including a home run, for Tarpon Springs. Jake Buck was the winning pitcher and was 4-for-4.
Billy Falasco struck out 15 in Gulf Beaches' 14-0 win over Azalea in District 5 on Friday night. Falasco allowed one hit over five innings.
East Lake advanced to the quarterfinals of the District 12 Tournament of Champions after defeating Holiday 8-7 on Wednesday night. Kris Mackus drove in the winning run with a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh.
MINOR SOFTBALL: Cross Bayou upset Seminole 12-9 on Wednesday night in District 5. The highlight of the game was a triple play started by Cross Bayou third baseman Tori Sturz.