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Commentary | Pitcher, 9, fires no-hitter, strikes out 13

Nicholas Cavalluzzi threw a gem last Tuesday night for Big Johnson Bail Bonds in a fall ball Little League game at G.T. Bray park.

The 9-year-old threw a no-hitter, while racking up 13 strikeouts. Out of his 61 pitches, Cavalluzzi fired 45 for strikes in the 10-1 victory.

Pop Warner football

The East Manatee Bulldogs and North Manatee Storm put several points on the scoreboard across several divisions against each other in Saturday's Pop Warner football action.

The Bulldogs won the Mitey Mite (31-8) and Junior Pee Wee (32-19) games, while the Storm captured the Pee Wee (40-8) and Midget (30-22) contests.

In the Mitey Mite game, the Bulldogs kept their unbeaten season intact with two touchdowns from Kevin Miller and scores by Ethan Bement, Josiah Lozada and one on defense from Tyler Mollett on a fumble return.

The Storm's Pee Wee club also stayed undefeated as John Jones racked up more than 100 rushing yards with two touchdowns, and Dajor Murrell added another 75 rushing yards. Jared Richardson and Josh Dennie tallied scores, with Richardson finding Dominec McNeil for a 35-yard TD pass. Vaughn Hayes was perfect

on all five point after attempts, and Jackson Sauerbeck, Harrison Fuller, Jett Gillum and Gage Clarke led the Storm's defense.

Jones and Murrell found the holes to run through with blocking from Mateur Urbanski, Ryan Ehrhart, Jackson Dietz, Donovan Ausborn, Karsen Heidenreich and Jose Zuniga.

The Bulldogs also hosted the Fishhawk Wolfpack in a Junior Midget match up. East Manatee shutout the Wolfpack 30-0, receiving two long touchdown runs by Keyon Fordham (54 and 71 yards), while Jernard Porter Jr. and Cody Staton added scores from 5 and 30 yards, respectively.

Staton also chipped in two, two-point conversion kicks. Andrew Osborne, Anthony Soper, Michael Cook, Cole Haddad and Christian Barbour were credited with strong games on the offensive line as were Matthew Strauss and Chase Knopf on the defensive side.

Halloween Run

The 2012 Boo Run is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The 9th annual run and Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest is expected to attract more than 1,200 runners and spectators.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and has a costume contest awarded to the best couple, hero and villain following the race. The cost is $30 and the registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 25. To register, visit

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and Another Day for Gray are the race benefactors.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason_Dill.