Bichette Jr. leads Florida past Pennsylvania

Updated: August 20, 2005, 11:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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