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Seminole's one and done again

Warhawks fall 1-0 a second straight game, this time to Dunedin.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published April 14, 2005


SEMINOLE - In its second eight-inning game in as many nights, Seminole fell on a wild pitch that scored Dunedin's only run, the only run the Falcons needed Wednesday.

"It's Seminole and Dunedin, I mean, it's the best rivalry in the state," Seminole coach Rob Francis said after the 1-0 loss.

The long-time Pinellas powerhouses played even ball the entire game. Pitching was responsible for the quiet offensive night (four hits for Seminole, three for Dunedin). Starter Ricky Rogers threw seven innings for the Falcons (14-5), allowing just two hits and striking out eight.

Seminole starter Billy Falasco, a sophomore, gave up two hits in his five innings before being relieved by Jennings George at the start of the sixth. Shawn Keill replaced George to start the seventh.

"We did everything we felt we needed to do to win, kind of like (Tuesday's 1-0 loss to St. Petersburg)," Falasco said. "I tried to go out there and have fun."

Jeff Cheek began the free baseball in the top of the eighth with a lead-off triple off Keill. Cheek (2-for-4) slid just under the tag in a close play.

An error during Kyle Mills' at-bat didn't move Cheek from third, but a wild pitch during Erik Turgeon's at-bat brought Cheek home safely.

"It was a perfect relay throw by Seminole," Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert said. "Cheekie took a wide turn and I wasn't sure if he was going to make it, but he got under it."

Mills replaced Rogers (6-1), who garnered the winning decision, to start the bottom of the eighth. Giving up a base hit to Kyle Brunette and a double to Keill (1-3, five saves) gave Seminole (14-4) the runners it needed with just one out.

An intentional walk loaded the bases, but Mills got a pop-up and threw a strikeout for his second save of the season.