Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hometeam

Early deficit, defending state champ too much for Nature Coast to handle

Early deficit, defending state champ too much for Nature Coast to handle

FORT MYERS — Nature Coast learned a lesson in its first trip to the Class 5A state baseball tournament: Be ready to play from the very first pitch. Jacksonville Bolles (24-5), winner of seven state titles including the past two straight, jumped on th...
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Fivay’s Gunnar Hoglund gets noticed thanks to impressive senior season

Fivay’s Gunnar Hoglund gets noticed thanks to impressive senior season

HUDSON — There is a 5-foot space between the backstop fence and the press box at Fivay High School's baseball field. On a night in early April, as the Falcons prepared to play district rival Nature Coast, that space was jam-packed with Major Le...
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John Calipari: Kevin Knox could be NBA draft steal

John Calipari: Kevin Knox could be NBA draft steal

DESTIN — If you believe NBA mock drafts, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox will probably be picked somewhere in the bottom half of the lottery selections.That would be a mistake, according to his college coach."I think people will look...
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Leto rally falls a couple runs short in state semifinals

Leto rally falls a couple runs short in state semifinals

FORT MYERS — Leto coach J.J. Pizzio was questioning his decision making after Wednesday’s 5-3 Class 7A state semifinal loss to Pace at Hammond Stadium. He changed up his pregame meal and the Falcons ended up losing their first state tournament appear...
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Jefferson advances to first state baseball championship

Jefferson advances to first state baseball championship

FORT MYERS — In the long history of Jefferson High School baseball, the Dragons had never been able to get past the state semifinals. In fact, they hadn’t even been in a state semifinal since 1985.That changed Wednesday when Jefferson defeated Green ...
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Eric Beattie nurtures Strawberry Crest into a state contender

Eric Beattie nurtures Strawberry Crest into a state contender

DOVER — Eric Beattie was 24 years old and still figuring out life after professional baseball when he drove down Interstate 4 and noticed a school being built, just a few miles from his home.The Valrico native had been working at the Tommy...
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Perfection didn’t come without a lot of sweat for Leto’s Christian Suarez

Perfection didn’t come without a lot of sweat for Leto’s Christian Suarez

TAMPA — Just two years ago, Leto's Christian Suarez was a freshman, taking the mound for the first time in a high school game against Freedom. Suarez had played against older kids before in travel ball, but for some reason this felt different."...
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Shades of the past as Robby Martin, Jefferson head to state final four

Shades of the past as Robby Martin, Jefferson head to state final four

TAMPA — The last time Jefferson High made the state baseball tournament was 1985. Tino Martinez and Luis Gonzalez were the star players and went on to have long major-league careers. The Dragons did not make it out of the semifinals that year, ...
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Nature Coast’s J.P. Gates doesn’t need a license to smoke opponents

Nature Coast’s J.P. Gates doesn’t need a license to smoke opponents

BROOKSVILLE — In less than two weeks, when Major League Baseball holds its annual first-year player draft, things are going to change for Nature Coast's J.P. Gates. A 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-handed power pitcher who also happens to hit ba...
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Now let it sink in: 60 straight baseball wins quite the feat

Now let it sink in: 60 straight baseball wins quite the feat

FORT MYERS — It had been more than two years since Greg Olsen had to give one of those talks; the kind in which silver linings abound, while across the field, a different team celebrates winning gold.Olsen's Calvary Christian baseball team gath...
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