Baseball team to Regionals

Jordan Patton, Staff Writer

How sweet it is – Eagles beat Dunedin 10-0 to advance to district finals.

  The Eagles won the season series 2-1 against their top rival, Dunedin Falcons. The Dunedin Falcons were shocked East Lake won the district semi-final game 10-0 in six innings. Eric Handhold, dominating the mound, held the Falcons to only three hits during the evening striking out one batter in the complete – game shutout. The Eagles scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings and then scored seven runs in the 6th inning. East Lake totaled 11 hits that evening. Morgan Cowan, Sawyer Wilson, and Nate Montano contributed to those hits.

  Every Eagle starter reached base on either a hit or a walk as the Eagles recorded seven hits and took advantage of nine walks and eight errors by St. Pete. In the first inning, Justin DiSanto and Nick Mazzoni started the inning with walks and Morgan Cowan and Garrett Franklin singled in Justin and Nick. The Eagles added another run in the 2nd as Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and eventually scored on a pair of St. Pete errors. The Eagles held a slim 5-4 lead going into the 5th inning when the Eagles scored three runs. The Eagles also recorded eight stolen bases led by Justin and Morgan who each stole three bases with Nick and Adam Treichel picking up the other stolen bases. On the pitching front, Eric Handhold started for the Eagles and pitched the first three innings, Austin Bembnowski pitched the next three innings and Brian Hernandez and Nate Montano pitched the final inning for the Eagles.

   At Tuesday night’s game the Eagles lost a close game to Countryside as their 7th inning rally came up short, 8-7. Things started off well for the Eagles, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead scoring single runs in the first two innings. The Cougars scored five runs in the top of the 4th inning on two hits, three walks, and a hit batsman and took a 5-2 lead. The Eagles got a run back in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 5-3 as Adam Treichel doubled. In the see-saw battle that was unfolding, the Cougars scored two more runs in the top of the 6th inning to take an 8-5 lead before Eagles staged a furious rally in the bottom of the 7th inning that came up short, scoring two runs and having bases loaded with one out.

   Behind Eric Handhold’s strong pitching the Eagles defeated Clearwater Central Catholic 7-1 at Thursday night’s game. The Eagles lead the game 4-0 in the 2nd inning, scoring all of their runs without benefit of a hit. Eagles extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the 4th inning as Justin walked and scored on a 2-out-2 run home run by Morgan Cowan. After CCC scored a run in the bottom of the 4th inning on a pair of hits, the Eagles scored their final run in the 7th inning. Tyler Ramsey pitched a scoreless 7th to complete the game.

    The Eagles advanced to the District championship game against Tarpon Springs, who upset Seminole 2-0 in the other semi-final game at Seminole Field. By advancing to the District finals, the Eagles qualify for Regionals , which begin this week. They go on Friday night to play Pinellas Park at Pinellas Park at seven o’clock.