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By KEITH NIEBUHR
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2001
DUNNELLON -- Dunnellon ace Tommy Boss has suffered three losses in his past 18 decisions.
Crystal River is now responsible for two of them.
Clayton Trenary tossed a four-hitter and the Pirates manufactured four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a dramatic 6-4 win against Dunnellon in a Class 3A, District 6 game. Crystal River (9-1 overall, 4-0 in 3A-6) beat Dunnellon (6-2, 2-2) and Boss 7-5 three weeks ago at home.
"We came out ready to play," Crystal River coach Brent Hall said. "I told our guys that we're not a great team, but we're a bunch of guys that play great."
Boss (2-2) entered the game in relief of starter Jarod Harder in the fourth inning and retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced without allowing a hit. But in the seventh, Crystal River's No. 8 hitter Kyle Griffin, who was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts to that point, led off the inning with a blooper to right field that he legged into a double.
"Kyle really stepped up," Hall said. "You have to keep a kid in there and believe in them."
Bubba Claytor followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Griffin to third.
With one out, leadoff hitter Danny Caron dropped in a bunt past the outstretched arms of Boss, and then beat the throw to first. Griffin scored on the play for a 3-2 lead.
"That was just good fundamental baseball," Hall said.
Two batters later, Trenary delivered a double to right that put runners at second and third with two outs. A passed ball brought in one run and Crystal River scored two more runs seconds later on a Dunnellon error.
However, Dunnellon refused to give up.
The Tigers used a hit batsman and an infield single to put runners on the corners with two outs in their half of the seventh, then made it 6-3 on a single by Devin Chandler. An intentional walk to Boss loaded the bases, and a wild pitch allowed one to score to make it 6-4.
Trenary (5-0) ended the threat by inducing Rick Desimone into a fly ball to deep center for the third out. He finished with nine strikeouts while allowing two earned runs.
"I've coached several kids that have been drafted, but I wouldn't trade (Trenary) for any one of them," Hall said. "He keeps coming through. I've never seen anybody that steps up and produces like him."