HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 16-22
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 16 through Friday, April 22. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Natalie Chapman, track, Northside Christian: At the Class A, District 7 meet, the junior played a big role in the Mustangs' team title, taking first in the 100 hurdles (17.03) and 300 hurdles (50.38), and running a leg on the winning 4x400 relay (4:20.29).
Haley Murphy, softball, Riverview: The sophomore recorded 11 strikeouts and had a shutout through six innings to lead the Sharks to a 5-3 win over Steinbrenner in the Class 8A region quarterfinals.
Melanie Rogers, softball, River Ridge: The freshman pitcher allowed six hits, recorded eight strikeouts and retired the side in the seventh inning to seal the Royal Knights' 5-4 win over Robinson in the Class 6A region quarterfinals.
Chayse Skinner, softball, Nature Coast: The sophomore was 2-for-3 with both hits coming on triples in a 3-2, eight-inning win over Orlando Lake Highland Prep in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. She also scored two runs, including the tying run in the fifth inning.
Vivica Smith, softball, Chamberlain: The junior came through in the clutch, hitting a walk-off home run, her first of the season, in the 10th inning of the Chiefs' 1-0 victory over Lake Gibson in the Class 7A region quarterfinals.
Mackenzie Tolrud, softball, Osceola: The sophomore was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and made a diving catch off a foul ball in the Warriors' 11-5 win over Armwood in the Class 7A region quarterfinals. It was just the second time Osceola has won a playoff game.
Clem Marsilia, baseball, Boca Ciega: The sophomore won his first game of the season, 3-2 over Dunedin in the Class 6A, District 9 final. He threw a complete game and got the final three outs with two men on base. The game ended on one of his five strikeouts.
Jonathan Gates, baseball, Nature Coast: Gates threw a no-hitter in the Class 5A, District 7 semifinal against Central. The sophomore faced 22 batters, one above the minimum, and struck out six in the 2-0 win. He is 6-0 on the season with a 0.62 ERA and he is second in the state with 43 RBIs.
Bradley Hession, baseball, Steinbrenner: Hession had three RBIs in the Warriors' 9-7 district championship victory against Plant, Steinbrenner's second straight district title. He started the scoring early for the Warriors, notching two RBIx with a ground-rule double.
Riley McClellan, baseball, Zephyrhills: The senior pitched a complete game in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal upset of Land O'Lakes. It was the Bulldogs' first district tournament win in nine years. McClellan gave up four hits, struck out three and did not allow a run until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Luke Peterson, track, Shorecrest: The senior was dominant in the distance events at the Class A, District 7 meet, taking first in the 800 (2:00.84), 1,600 (4:37.10) and 3,200 (10:24.32) and running the opening leg on the winning 4x800 relay (8:39.68) to help the Chargers to a team title.
Jonah Scolaro, baseball, Durant: The Florida State commit struck out 13 in a no-hitter - the first of his high school career - to lead Durant to a 1-0 victory against Riverview and a state playoff berth. Scolaro owns a 1.37 ERA and 7-3 record on the season.
Voting is now closed.