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Post 147 gets good pitching


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 8, 2000

LAND O'LAKES -- The Land O'Lakes Gators might have lost three pitchers to the major leagues, but the cupboard might not be bare as Jose Santa and David Starkey have pitched Post 147 to a 4-0 start, including two shutouts.

Post 147, coached by Land O'Lakes coach Cal Baisley, beat Post 15 out of Dade City 9-7 in its opener and swept Jesuit 4-0 and 13-5 before beating Wharton 10-0 Tuesday.

In the win over Wharton, Land O'Lakes second baseman Greg Rosenthal hit two home runs. Rosenthal is joined on Post 147 by Gator teammates Jeff and Brian Baisley, Victor Roldan, Michael Huffman, Santa, Starkey and major league draft choice Derrick McNeil, who was picked by Toronto and is headed to Hillsborough Community College.

POST 79: The team, made up of players from Gulf, Ridgewood and River Ridge high schools, is showing the same improvement that those teams displayed in the high school baseball season.

Post 79 is 7-4 and scored two runs on Dave Hancox's single in the ninth to defeat Gulfport Post 125 on Tuesday. The team is much younger than last year's team -- only four seniors -- and that is what might just make them better than last year's squad, according to coach Rick Brensinger.

"We've got an excellent bunch of boys. The comraderie is there," Brensinger said. "I think we're going to have a very successful year. I think we're going to have a much better ballclub. We're a younger team and a little more aggressive."

The team's seniors are the core -- draft pick Chris Langlois (River Ridge), shortstop Carl DiMartino (Ridgewood), first baseman Jon Kreidler (Gulf) and catcher Bryce Johns (Ridgewood).

Though the team has no stats compiled yet, Brensinger said Ronnie Low (Ridgewood) has been the workhorse on the mound and Paul Krisanda (Gulf) and Joe Aldridge (Gulf) have been consistent at the plate.

POST 15: Class 4A all-stater Mike Stepp is playing legion ball this summer, but not where one might think. Instead of playing for Zephyrhills, he is playing for Post 15 in Dade City.

According to Pasco coach Ricky Giles, he needed a catcher, and with Brooks Boyette the starter at Zephyrhills, Stepp decided to catch for Post 15.

Stepp already has experienced more losing in two weeks with Post 15 than he did all season at Zephyrhills. The team is 0-5. The team, with Pasco's Josh Castro, Lee Cruz, Jesse Wilson and Trey Evans as well as Wesley Chapel's Gabe Quinones and Adam Gauden, has yet to find its groove. Much like the Pirates in the high school season, Post 15 has been running out of gas in crucial moments.

"We played at Jefferson and had them 5-2 in the fifth inning," Giles said. "And then we had to change the pitching around, and we let them score eight or nine runs in one inning there. Right now, we're just sort of getting it together."

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