Falcons rally to repeat as champions

Down three runs early, Dunedin storms back to thump Tarpon Springs.

Published April 28, 2007

DUNEDIN - After Tarpon Springs put three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, Dunedin coach Tom Hilbert gathered his team before their first at-bats and made a simple request.

"I told them to just go out and answer with one, " Hilbert said.

Dunedin did just that - then tacked another "one" on for good measure.

The Falcons exploded for 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 21-5 win against Tarpon Springs in the district final at the Englebert Complex Friday.

It was the Falcons' second consecutive district title and eighth in 10 years under Hilbert.

"We wanted to come out and put pressure on them right away, " Spongers' coach Dan Genna said. "But then we made some errors and the wheels came off."

Dunedin, winner of 12 in a row, sent 17 batters to the plate in the first inning. The Falcons capitalized on two Spongers' errors, drew six walks and collected five hits.

After scoring three in the second inning, Dunedin sent 13 batters to the plate and tacked on seven more runs in the third.

Cam Fisher (three RBIs) and Ryan Schneider (six RBIs) each had three hits for Dunedin, while Kevin Maloney and Ryan Faison added two apiece.