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Spring tournaments

By JAMAL THALJI

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001


Dunedin tournament

WHO: Bullitt (Ky.) East, Central, Clearwater, Countryside, Dixie Hollins, Doss (Ky.), Dunedin, Hernando, Northeast, Palm Harbor U., Pinellas Park, River Ridge, St. Petersburg Catholic, Venice

WHERE: Dunedin's Englebert Complex

WHEN: The weeklong tournament begins Saturday at 5 p.m. and culminates with the championship game April 13 at 8 p.m.

OUTLOOK: "We would rather play than practice," River Ridge coach Jack Homko said, "and we'd like to play some different people instead of playing everyone in the conference and the district again." His goal for spring break is a winning record. River Ridge finished third at last year's tournament, but the favorite has to be Dunedin, which is ranked No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America and is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A. Justin Roth gets the start for the Royal Knights in Saturday's opener at 5 p.m. against Clearwater. Win or lose, Chad Justus will pitch Monday at 5. A win means Roth starts again on Wednesday; a loss gives the start to Matt Sargent on Tuesday. Because of a scheduling conflict with the Toronto Blue Jays, no games will be played at Grant Field this year.

Tarpon Springs

Coca-Cola tournament

WHO: East Lake, Gibbs, Gulf, Indian Rocks Christian, Naples Lely, Northside Christian, Tarpon Springs

WHERE: Tarpon Springs

WHEN: The tournament begins Saturday at 2 p.m. and continues through the championship game Thursday at 8 p.m.

OUTLOOK: Gulf looks to end its slide in this spring break tournament. The Bucs could get a big boost if catcher Paul Krisanda returns as expected after a four-week absence to heal a broken left hand. Krisanda could give Gulf some desperately needed help at the plate. Sophomore Kevin Campbell gets the start Saturday at 5 p.m. in the opener against Northside Christian. A win advances the Bucs to Tuesday's game against the Gibbs-Tarpon Springs winner at 8. A loss sends Gulf to a Wednesday contest at 8. David Pirman, Joe Dan Fagan and Mike Stanzione should all see action on the mound, though coach Shaun Wiemer said his rotation is always day-to-day.

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