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Seminole rolls to 8-0 victory

By KEN SMITH and PETE YOUNG

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001


SEMINOLE -- Defending champion and host Seminole used strong pitching by senior T.J. Large to defeat St. Petersburg 8-0 in the opening round of the Steve Georgiadis Tournament.

Large improved to 7-0, allowing only three singles and escaping jams in the third and sixth. "He pitched well," Seminole coach Scott Miller said. "He really turned it up a notch when they had runners on base."

Seminole took a 1-0 lead in the second with the help of an error. After singling and stealing second, Phil Stillwell attempted to go to third on a grounder but got caught in a rundown. He escaped when shortstop Tyler Powers dropped the ball. Jon Riggleman then sacrificed Stillwell home.

Donyelle Williams hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth, and Casey Kotchman hit a three-run homer in the sixth.

"We have an exceptionally mature team," Miller said. "They come to play hard every night."

The Warhawks play Lakewood at 7 p.m. Tuesday. -- KEN SMITH

Falcon sets RBI record

With a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, Brian Dopirak established a Dunedin school record with his 41st RBI.

His 42nd RBI, though, came on a hit no one in attendance will soon forget. Dopirak blasted a home run over a 40-foot fence that is 400 feet from home plate -- to propel Dunedin to a 17-4 win over Hernando in the opening game of the Dunedin Easter Tournament at the Englebert Complex.

The Falcons, No. 1 in 4A, play Dixie Hollins at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ryan Harvey had a single, triple, home run and four RBI for Dunedin. Jeremy Bellotti was 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs, Taylor McCormack was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI and Cody O'Connell had a three-run double and scored three runs. -- PETE YOUNG

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