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Keep an eye on live baseball, softball coverage this week

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Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2013 at 04:25 PM

High school sports schedules are jam-packed this week with baseball district tournaments and the first round of state-tourney softball.

The Suncoast News will be bringing live coverage from all over North Pinellas and West Pasco from Tuesday to Friday.

Class 6A District 10 baseball kicks everything off on Tuesday night, with Tarpon Springs-Sunlake at 7:30 at Mitchell High School. The game's winner will move on to the semifinals to play top-seeded Land O' Lakes on Wednesday night.

Wednesday and Thursday both feature doubleheader game coverage.

It starts with a full day of region quarterfinal softball on Wednesday. Countryside will host Freedom in Class 7A action at 4 p.m., followed by a Class 5A meeting at Dunedin with the District 5A-12 champions Falcons hosting Blake.

Thursday provides a likely softball-baseball mix. District 8A-8 softball champ Palm Harbor University first hosts a region quarterfinal against Wharton at 4 p.m.

The Suncoast News' evening baseball coverage will be determined by the outcome of district quarterfinal and semifinal games played throughout the week. If District 8A-8 No. 1 seed East Lake wins its first-round game over North Port on Tuesday, expect to see the Eagles' title contest featured Thursday night against either Sarasota Riverview or PHU. If East Lake is upset, and Tarpon Springs pulls its own Wednesday night shocker over LOL, the Spongers' championship game at Mitchell High against either Mitchell or River Ridge gets the nod.

Friday night is also between two destinations.

If District 7A-10 No. 2 seed Countryside navigates its way into the championship game at Pinellas Park High, that will be the game of the night. The Cougars' probable opponent is top-seeded Seminole.

If C-Side fails to escape Wednesday's semifinal against either Clearwater or Pinellas Park, then The Suncoast News will be at the Englebert Athletic Complex to report on the District 5A-12 championship game. Top-seeded Dunedin – barring a massive semifinal upset on Wednesday against either Bradenton Southeast or Bradenton Bayshore – will be going for its second straight championship Friday night at 7.


ehorchy@suncoastnews.com or (727) 815-1071

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