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Power surge paces Shorecrest

By ROD GIPSON, FRANK PASTOR, Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 2, 2001


TAMPA -- Shorecrest did most of its damage in the first inning and then relied on the steadiness of pitcher Ryan Heacox en route to defeating host Berkeley Prep 5-3.

In beating Berkeley Prep for the third time this season, the Chargers (19-10) opened the game with a strong statement, getting twin two-run home runs to leftfield from Mike Giroud and Sean Wiggins. But the Bucs (12-19) shrugged off the four-run deficit during their at-bat, taking advantage of two Shorecrest errors to post three runs and erase thoughts of a Chargers blowout.

Just as errors lifted Berkeley Prep back into the game, they would let the Bucs down later. In the fifth inning, Shorecrest's Cory Dlugozima escaped a rundown between first and second when Bucs shortstop Derek Hatcher mishandled the ball. What would have been the third out turned into another Shorecrest run two batters later when Giroud doubled to left to score Dlugozima.

Heacox (11-1) went the distance, allowing three hits while striking out eight. Shorecrest will face either Belle Glade Glades Day or Winter Park Trinity Prep on Friday. -- ROD GIPSON

2A-3: Northside rolls 11-1

Host Northside Christian hammered Fort Meade 11-1 in six innings.

The Mustangs (25-3), who pounded out seven extra-base hits, will host a semifinal Friday against No. 2-ranked West Palm Beach King's Academy (26-4), a 6-1 winner over Orlando Lake Highland Prep.

Andy Park (6-0) earned the win for No. 5-ranked Northside. -- TIMES STAFF

A-3: Lancers blow lead but win

TAMPA -- Seminole Presbyterian blew a six-run, first-inning lead but recovered to defeat Canterbury 9-7 in the regional quarterfinals Tuesday at John J. Pizzio Jr. Memorial Field.

The victory came one day after Seminole Presbyterian coach J.J. Pizzio's wife, Elizabeth, delivered the couple's second daughter, Mya Vita.

The win earns the Lancers (22-8) a trip to the region semifinals and a game Friday at Bradenton Christian (20-5).

Adam Rogers' bases-clearing single highlighted Seminole Presbyterian's six-run first. Canterbury scored four runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead, but Bobby Cupp's RBI double and Rogers' run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning put Seminole Presbyterian back ahead.

Freshman Justin Craig struck out six batters, running his career total to 109, in four innings of relief to pick up the victory. -- FRANK PASTOR

A-3: IRC's season comes to an end

Daniel Sayne pitched a two-hitter and Temple Heights played error-free ball in beating Indian Rocks Christian 4-1 at the Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg. Temple Heights improved to 4-14 while IRC ends its season 14-12.

Sayne was aided by good defense, including a spectacular catch in deep centerfield by Ryan Edmonds on Warren Garrison. Sayne induced a deep flyout with the bases loaded in the seventh to end the game.

"We didn't take care of the opportunities when we had them, and they made all the plays," IRC coach D.J. Springman said. -- TIMES STAFF

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