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Four West Pasco teams shining at state tourney

Friday's opening round saw the locals sweep their games, including two in the final at-bat.

By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001


All four West Pasco teams won in Friday's opening round of the Dixie Softball League state tournament at Sneads, northwest of Tallahassee.

Two West Pasco teams won in their final at-bat. The Debs (ages 16-18) edged Port St. Joe 14-13 in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Ponytails (11-12) defeated Okeechobee 9-4 in the bottom of the eighth.

West Pasco also won the Angels (9-10) game, 16-8 over Bayou Creek; and the Belles (13-15) contest, 27-10 over Mulberry.

"It's just a real good feeling right now," West Pasco president Kelly Skulas said before Saturday's games (results were unavailable at press time). "We are all on top."

In the Debs game, Amy Skulas scored the winner on Lisa Dobrawski's two-out single. That made a winner of reliever Kari Wedinger.

Stephani Giannakaris and Shawna Kinney had back-to-back steals of home to allow the West Pasco Ponytails to tie Okeechobee in the bottom of the sixth.

West Pasco clinched it with five runs in the eighth. Kinney, who drew a one-out walk, stole home for the go-ahead run.

Meagan Novotny earned the win with 15 strikeouts and no hits allowed in six innings of scoreless relief.

Karissa Hill had three hits and Brianna Rish had a triple and double to back winning pitcher Brittany Orlando in the Angels game.

In the Belles game, Jessica Combast had four hits and Kristina Copus smacked a three-run homer to make a winner of pitcher Jackie Linville.

SECOND NO-NO: Jimmy Mattos pitched his second no-hitter in the District 12 tournament, leading Hudson's 9-10 baseball all-stars to a 5-0 win over Dunedin National on Saturday.

Mattos, who struck out 15 with no walks, had a no-hitter against West Pasco earlier in the series.

The 10-year-old right-hander is 3-0 in the tourney with 32 strikeouts, two walks and has allowed three hits in 17 innings.

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