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Community sports | Potent offense carries Beach Dawgs to 12U championship at Cal Ripken Classic

With an offensive explosion, Beach Dawgs Baseball left Heritage Harbor with the 12U championship at the Sarasota Cal Ripken All-Star Classic this weekend. The Beach Dawgs went 4-1 during the tournament, scoring a combined 59 runs during their four victories, including a 21-0 win against Cal Ripken Fishhawk Navy A in the quarterfinals Sunday.

As good as the offense was in that game, though, starting pitcher Chris Perry was even better -- he hurled a no-hitter. Logan O'Leary followed that up with a complete game to beat the Florida Burn's Orange team 12-4 in the semis. In the championship game, starter Ethan Kaelin tossed a complete game and belted his first no-hitter to lead the Beach Dawgs to a 13-5 win against North Brandon Cal Ripken.

For the weekend, the Beach Dawgs combined for 47 hits and seven home runs. Gabe Lopez went 5-for-15 and hit a grand slam, Andrew Sieczkowski went 5-for-12 with a pair of home runs, and Kevin Leon belted a home run to go along with five RBI.

Local All-Stars

Perfect Game announced the All-Stars from its Memorial Day Classics on Friday and five players from the Florida Burn program earned nods.

Perfect Game held 18U tournaments during Memorial Day weekend in Fort Myers, Phoenix and Emerson, Ga. The Burn played at the East event in Fort Myers.

Two of the Burn teams -- Florida Burn Pennant 2016 and Florida Burn Easton 2016 -- won their groups and combined to place 17 players on the All-Tournament teams, including Braden River High School's Eric Kimsey and Brian Dillingham for the Easton team. Braden River's Brock Younce also made the All-Tournament team for his performance with Suncoast Mi

zuno. Nicholas Rodhouse from Saint Stephen's Episcopal School, also a Suncoast Mizuno player, made the team, as well.

Suncoast Mizuno's Shane Zipperer, a Lakewood Ranch High School outfielder, also made the team, as did Lakewood Ranch's Matthew Ambrosino for FTB Sarasota.

The Palmetto Baseball Club also accounted for three All-Stars at the East Memorial Day Classic, with third baseman Hunter Leonard, catcher Joseph Maestu and shortstop Chandler Schmidt all making the team. Leonard and Maestu also play at Palmeto High School.

Three players from IMG Academy who played for Florida Surge -- Michael Feliz, Andrew Flaherty and Brett Tivnan -- rounded out the All-Tournament team for Manatee County athletes.

David B. Wilson, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow him on Twitter @DBWilson2.

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