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Updated: 05/18/2018 08:30:01AM

Mantas hold off late rally, earn Regional Championship berth

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SUN PHOTOS BY CHRIS BLAKE


Lemon Bay’s Flynn Stewart connects with the ball during Wednesday night's Regional Semifinal game against Lakewood at Northeast High School. The Mantas beat the Spartans 6-3.

Lemon Bay’s second baseman Sebastian Daubner flips the ball to Warnner Rincones (18) to force out Lakewood’s Jeremy Texel (17) during Wednesday night's Regional Semifinal game at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg.

By VINNIE PORTELL

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ST. PETERSBURG — The pitching combination of Justin Mincieli and Brandon Gielow has been Lemon Bay baseball coach Dan Flaherty’s go-to move when the Manta Rays have been pitted in a must-win scenario.

The two pitchers helped lead Lemon Bay to a 5A- District 12 title two weeks ago and on Wednesday night against Lakewood St. Petersburg, the duo held off the Spartans in a 6-3 win at Northeast High School to earn Lemon Bay a spot in the 5A- Region-3 finals.

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