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Green Devils stop Dixie on no-hitter

Published May 5, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG - Dale Brannon pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine, as St. Petersburg downed Dixie Hollins 10-0 in the Class 5A, District 10 playoffs Tuesday.

The Green Devils (18-8) face Northeast today at Seminole High.

"He was pretty dominating today," St. Petersburg coach Stefan Futch said of Brannon, who walked one. "He had his fastball and his changeup working well."

Nolan Brannon led the Green Devils past the Rebels (4-22) with a double during a 4-for-4 night, and Cedric Roberts added two RBIs. St. Petersburg scored three in the third and three in the fifth before closing with four in the sixth.

"As long as our bats keep going strong and our pitching holds up, we should be fine," Futch said.

Aaron Tullo pitches for the Green Devils today.

SHORECREST 14, ADMIRAL FARRAGUT 4: Playing the best of the best seems to be paying off for Shorecrest.

The Chargers (13-13) have played nearly every top team in the Tampa Bay area and seem primed as district play began. They face Tampa Prep at 4:30 p.m. today at Shorecrest, host of the Class 2A, District 11 tournament.

Shorecrest coach Don Reed liked what he saw.

"These guys are swinging it really well," Reed said. "The way we're hitting makes me really happy, but Tampa Prep is going to be tough."

Farragut took a 3-0 lead in the first, but Shorecrest came back with two in the bottom half and took a 4-3 lead in the second. With a four-run third, the Chargers blew the game open.

Matt Darr had three hits, including a homer, for the Chargers and Roy Skrotsky added two doubles and three RBIs. Shorecrest ace Anthony Katchuk, who drove in the first run of the game for Shorecrest with a sacrifice fly, is on the mound today.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN 7, CANTERBURY 6: Dave Penn smacked a two-run double in the seventh to lift the Warriors in the Class A, District 7 tournament at Jack Russell Satdium.

Ryan Cotton also doubled for Calvary Christian, and Nathan Kmet pitched two shutout innings to close out Canterbury. The Crusaders had the tying run on third with one out in the seventh but were unable to score.

Calvary Christian takes on Cambridge at 7 p.m. Thursday.

BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN 7, TEMPLE HEIGHTS 0: Justin Linabury struck out three in a shutout as the Faith Warriors moved into the Class A, District 7 semifinals at Jack Russell Stadium.

Bayshore Christian took a 1-0 lead into the fourth, when it scored six. Kyle Kemp tripled with the bases loaded to give the Faith Warriors a commanding lead.

Bayshore Christian faces Keswick Christian in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday.

DUNEDIN 13, LARGO 3: The host Falcons scored two in the first and six in the second to cruise past the Packers (7-19).

Kyle Mills had three hits, including singles in the first two innings, and drove in two for Dunedin (16-9). Erik Turgeon added three RBIs for the Falcons.

Corey Birge started his first game of the season and won for the Falcons, who take on East lake at 5 p.m. today at Dunedin.

"We've been playing pretty well lately," Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert said. "The kids are getting the job done. Whoever keeps their focus and keeps their emotions out of the game should win (today)."

East Lake has won both meetings this season.

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