Local roundup | Manatee's Weston Davis fires 2-hitter in district victory over St. Pete

March 1, 2014 

Canes hurler fires 2-hitter in 6-1 victory

Weston Davis fired a 2-hitter, allowing just an unearned run, to lead the Manatee baseball team to a 6-1 victory over St. Petersburg on Friday in Class 8A-District 8 action at G.T. Bray park.

Davis struck out 12 and walked two. Jake Dominick had two hits, and Orlando Ruiz added two RBIs for the Hurricanes (4-3, 2-1). The Green Dragons fell to 2-1 in the district.

PALMETTO 3, BRADEN RIVER 1 -- Tyler Bench and Hunter Leonard combined on a one-hitter to lift the host Tigers to a Class 7A-District 10 triumph.

Bench started and got the win, going five innings and allowing the hit and an unearned run while striking out eight and walking four. Leonard threw two perfect innings for the save.

Jared Taylor provided the punch for Palmetto (4-3, 1-2) with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning.

SAINT STEPHEN'S 11, IMAGINE SCHOOL OF NORTH PORT 1 -- Nick Runde gave up a hit and an unearned run in six innings as the Falcons improved to 5-2 with a victory over the host Sharks.

Sam O'Dell went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases for Saint Stephen's. Caleb Eyre and Nick Rodhouse each went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, and Keith Dunkelberger went 3-for-3.

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STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 6, SOUTH FLORIDA C.C. 5 -- Manatee alum Devin Pellien earned the win in relief as the Manatees opened Suncoast Conference play with a win on the road.

Pellien tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, to run his record to 4-0. Pellien walked two and struck out one.

Ryan Valdes had three hits, including a triple, and knocked in two runs. Scott Williams and Justin Garcia had two hits and one RBI apiece for SCF (12-4).

-- Herald staff reports

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