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Spare offense no hindrance for Bogie

Scoring three total runs in the first two games of a tournament might have many teams hoping to play in a consolation final.

By DOUG KATES
Published March 30, 2007


SEMINOLE - Scoring three total runs in the first two games of a tournament might have many teams hoping to play in a consolation final.

Not Boca Ciega.

With a 1-0 victory over Pendleton on Thursday and a 2-0 victory over North Port on Tuesday, the 12-7 Pirates are in the Steve Georgiadis championship Saturday against host Seminole.

"People laugh at me," Bogie coach Lynn Barber said. "They say I don't know anything about coaching. We've played good defense. We've had good pitching. We haven't given up a run. We're going to do whatever it takes."

The Pirates reached the final by scoring one run in the second inning against the Panthers (12-5). Paul Howell walked, Mike Kurant doubled and Jeff Ballou poked an RBI single into centerfield.

Donnie Albro started on the mound and had a no-hitter through four innings, but took himself out of the game after pulling a muscle in his side. Kurant finished the game and held Pendleton to one hit. Albro had seven strikeouts and Kurant added three.

SEMINOLE 9, SHORECREST 0: Before the tournament, Seminole lost a regular-season game to Boca Ciega. Thanks to Thursday's win, the Warhawks will meet the Pirates again.

"We've set the bar pretty high," assistant coach Jeff Pincus said. "They know this is their tournament. They expect to win."

Seminole (14-4) got off to a slow start against Shorecrest (14-3), but a five-run fifth-inning rally put the game away. The Warhawks had nine hits, including two singles by Ryan Polen, a double by Michael Carlin and a two-run triple by Clayton MacEwen off the bench.

Pincus said the Chargers' pitching kept the Warhawks off balance early.

Defensively, Nash Reling, Graham Gibson and Jon Alfano combined on a two-hitter.