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Baseball America and Team California advance to finals

October 30, 2000

By Allan Simpson

JUPITER, Fla.--As projected, Baseball America and Team California have reached the championship game of the Baseball America/Perfect Game World Wood Bat Showcase, which has been staged over the last four days at the spring training complex of the Expos and Cardinals. The championship game began Monday at 1:15 p.m.

Baseball America (6-1) won both its games Monday morning in bracket play, beating Team Ontario 2-0 and the East Cobb (Ga.) Astros 3-2.

Righthander Chas Taylor (Westlake High, Austin) blanked Team Ontario on a three-hitter in the opener, while outfielder Billy Paganetti (Galena High, Reno) broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a run-scoring single to overcome an early 2-0 East Cobb lead and put Baseball America in the final.

East Cobb, which finished third with a 5-1-1 record, defeated West Palm Beach 6-4 in extra innings to advance to the semi-finals.

Team California (6-0-1) also won its two games Monday, defeating the North Carolina Warhawks 6-5 in extra innings and the Southwest Florida scout team 2-1.

Righthander J.J. Hardy (Sabino High, Tucson) won the semi-final game for Team California, pitching a complete-game four-hitter.

Southwest Florida reached the semi-finals by beating the Rough Riders (Fla.) 3-0 on a no-hitter by righthander Donnie Hammonds (Lake Placid, Fla., High).

The tournament started Friday with 50 teams.

Look for daily coverage of the event on baseballamerica.com and perfectgame.org.

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