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Seffner starts strong, picks up another title

Seffner Christian scored six runs in the first inning, got a solid performance from its starting pitcher and beat Tampa Baptist 7-3 for its second straight district title.

By JOHN CALKINS
Published April 28, 2007


SEFFNER - Seffner Christian scored six runs in the first inning, got a solid performance from its starting pitcher and beat Tampa Baptist 7-3 for its second straight district title.

The Crusaders (14-8) sent 10 to the plate in the first, scoring six runs on seven hits. The team batted for the cycle in the inning, which was highlighted by a Ben Cock two-run home run over the leftfield wall. Tampa Baptist (9-14-1) starter Jimmy Herget didn't last the inning.

"We jumped on them pretty quick, " Seffner Christian coach Jim Self said.

Seffner Christian starter Derek Self breezed through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth, when he struggled to throw strikes and gave up two runs. But with two on and one out, he got a pop-out and a strikeout to get out of the jam.

"He was hot and I just told him to slow his rhythm down, and he got out of it, " Jim Self said.

Joe Plant, who relieved Herget in the first, pitched well for Tampa Baptist, allowing one run on one hit.

An aggressive Tampa Baptist team stole five bases, but the game ended when Shaun Mortow attempted to steal home and was caught easily.