East Lake baseball victorious over Dunedin

Peter Drulias, Staff Writer

Normally when you hear East Lake, you tend to think that they are arch rivals of Tarpon Springs. Well, for the East Lake baseball team, the new rivalry that has grown bigger and stronger is Dunedin. It started two years ago when the two clubs were both great teams and always played close competitive games.

Fast forward two years and the rivalry is still going strong. Dunedin, who is a favorite to win the district this year, played East Lake Friday night. Leading up to the game, Dunedin was 4-1 in their last five games against East Lake and was expecting to walk all over their opponent. The East Lake club had other plans. Even though they were undervalued or not highly thought of, they were determined to be able to hang with Dunedin. At the game, plenty of talking between the two teams was going on until the first pitch of the game.

Colyn O’Connell, who ended up throwing in the 90’s, started for Dunedin, and starting for East Lake was Eric Hanholde. Both threw gems with a couple great defensive plays by Adam Treichel at second base for East Lake and Justin Disanto in centerfield. The game was tied 0 to 0 going into the bottom of the fourth until Dunedin found a hole in East Lake’s defense, scoring two runs with two outs in the inning. The game was in Dunedin’s favor until the Eagles rallied back, putting up a 3 spot on Dunedin. From there the rest is history. The underdog was able to come through and pull out a spectacular win against their new rival. The Eagles are happy with the win now, but they still have Dunedin again down the road waiting to get back at them.