Bichette Jr. leads Florida past Pennsylvania


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Dante Bichette Jr. started a two-run, first-inning rally and
added an insurance run in the fifth with a solo homer to lead
Maitland, Fla., the Southeast champs, past Council Rock-Newtown of
Newtown, Pa., the Mid-Atlantic winners, 3-1 on Saturday.

Bichette, Jr.'s first-pitch homer cleared the hedges beyond the
left-field fence to give Maitland a 3-1 lead and raise boisterous
cheers of "Let's go Maitland."

Bichette Jr.'s father, former major leaguer Dante Bichette, is
a coach for Maitland (2-0).

Council Rock-Newtown (0-2) threatened in the fifth inning after
Michael Festa scored from third with the bases loaded on a
groundout by Blaise Lezynski.

But Maitland pitcher Skip Kovar got the next hitter, Daniel
Denton to ground out to third.