HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 29-May 5
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 29 through Friday, May 5. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Morgan Brown, track, Calvary Christian: The junior won her second straight state title in the pole vault, clearing 3.41 meters (11 feet, 2.25 inches) at the Class A meet.
Logan Coward, softball, Wesley Chapel: The sophomore’s two-run triple in the fifth inning gave the Wildcats the cushion they needed to beat Robinson 4-0 and advance to the region semifinals for the first time.
Abbie DeWeese, softball, Plant City: The sophomore was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 4-1 win over Steinbrenner in the Class 8A region quarterfinals. The Raiders will play in the region semifinals for a third straight season.
Madison Epperson, softball, Tampa Catholic: The USF signee went 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer and three RBIs in a 15-5 win over Orlando First Academy that sends the Crusaders to the region final for the first time since 1999.
Krystina Hartley, softball, Admiral Farragut: The eighth-grader went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and five RBIs in a 12-2 win over Southwest Florida Christian in the 2A region semifinals.
Abbey Primavera, softball, Nature Coast: The senior threw a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a 4-0 victory over Orlando Bishop Moore in the 5A region quarterfinals.
Dillon Besnier, baseball, Riverview: The sophomore’s two-out run-scoring single to leftfield gave Riverview a 4-3 victory over Bloomingdale for the Sharks’ first district title since 2011.
Jordan Butler, baseball, Alonso: The senior and Florida commit hit a three-run home run in the Class 9A, District 8 final that proved to be the difference in a 4-1 win over Newsome.
Seth Cabellas, baseball, East Lake: The senior catcher came up big in the Class 8A, District 7 final against St. Petersburg. He had the winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 3-2 win.
Jack Jasiak, baseball, Springstead: The sophomore went 2-for-4 in a 9-3 win over Lecanto in the Class 6A, District 6 semifinal. He then pitched four innings and allowed two hits in a 14-2 win over Dunnellon in the district final.
Brandon Riera, baseball, Nature Coast: The junior had two home runs, including a grand slam in the second inning, as the Sharks easily dispatched Hernando 15-5 for the Class 5A, District 7 title.
James Thorpe, track, Indian Rocks Christian: The senior, who specializes in the throwing events, capped off his high school career with his first state title in the shot put with a throw of 16.73 meters (54 feet, 10.75 inches).
Voting is now closed.