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Updated: 05/22/2013 08:03:56AM

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SUN PHOTO BY ROB SMITH

Venice High Head Coach Craig Faulkner has compiled a 312-145 record during his 14 years at VHS, including three state championships.


PHOTO BY MARC BEAUDIN

Venice had plenty of support in Fort Myers, as hundreds of fans made the 60-mile trip south to support the Indians.

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The Venice Indians, shown here celebrating after winning the 2013 7A championship, were ranked #1 in the nation as of late Friday. The team will learn this week whether they retain that ranking after state tournaments finish in California.

PHOTO BY MARC BEAUDIN
After last year's state title win at JetBlue Park in Fot Myers, VHS players throw up two fingers, one for each 7A title they'd won the past two years. This year's squad is looking for the program's third straight state title, something which has never been done by a public school in state history.

PHOTO BY MARC BEAUDIN

PHOTO BY MARC BEAUDIN

Langston Provitt rounds third and scores one of the Indians 14 runs Saturday.

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Dalton Guthrie skies for the throw, but Haines City's R.J. Ball dives under the tag.

SUN PHOTO BY ROB SMITH

Cooper Hammond's unconventional delivery flustered opposing hitters all season. Hammond threw four scoreless innings Saturday.

By ROB SMITH

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Saturday’s 7A championship game was the height of baseball irony.

The Venice Indians (29-3) overcame uncharacteristically shaky starting pitching and exploded for their highest run total of the season, belting 21 hits and scoring in all but one inning en route to a 14-4 win over Haines City at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

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