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Baseball: Tampa Prep falls short of state

BY BOB BELLONE/Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

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Tampa Prep came within one victory of a second straight trip to the state playoffs. That bid ended Friday with an 11-2 loss to Melbourne Central Catholic in the Class 3A-Region 2 championship game.

“I told our kids not to think about the last hour. We’ve got to think about the three months leading up to it,” said longtime assistant John DeTringo, who led the Terrapins to a 21-9 record this season while head coach A.J. Hendrix battled an illness.

Tampa Prep struck first, scoring both of its runs in third inning. Zach Brodsky drew a leadoff walk, and Matt Fulton and Kirby Wilson followed with singles to load the bases. Luis Medina delivered the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Sam Martin added an RBI single.

Melbourne broke through with a run in the fourth and went up 3-2 on a two-run homer by Austin Nickle in the fifth. That proved to be enough for the Hustlers, who added two runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh to punch their ticket to Fort Myers.

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