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Julia Schifino, softball, Academy of the Holy Names
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  • Region softball: Chamberlain edges Mitchell in 6A quarterfinal

    TAMPA — Two underclassmen led Chamberlain to a 1-0 win over Mitchell in Saturday’s Class 6A region quarterfinal. Sophomore Reganne McCarl singled to drive in the lone run in support of freshman pitcher Shannon Maloney. That gives the Chiefs back-to-back region quarterfinal victories over the Mustangs, including last year at ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District baseball: Leto’s bats bring long-awaited district title

    TAMPA — A day after it relied on its pitching to win the district semifinal, Leto won the district final with its batting. Trailing 6-5 through four innings, Leto rallied with five runs in the fifth inning to defeat Hillsborough 14-8 and win the Class 6A, District 9 title on ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 18-24

    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 18, through Friday, April 24. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in ...
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    Sat. April 25, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. | Times Staff

  • District baseball: Indian Rocks Christian 3, Calvary Christian 2 (nine innings)

    ST. PETERSBURG — George Koulianos had a night to remember on Friday. The Indian Rocks Christian senior pitched 5⅔ innings of shutout relief and had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to help IRC defeat Calvary Christian 3-2 in the Class 3A, District 9 final. It ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • District baseball: Steinbrenner 4, Gaither 3

    LUTZ — Steinbrenner pulled out the Class 7A-8 district title Friday by rallying past a confident Gaither team, 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning Warrior Ryan Fatzinger had trouble early,  walking three batters in the second inning to give  Gaither an early lead.  In the top of the ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. | Evan Abramson

  • District baseball: Leto upsets top-seeded King, to meet Hillsborough

    TAMPA — The decision on who would start Friday’s Class 6A, District 9 semifinal didn’t come to Leto coach JJ Pizzio until late in the day when Felix Dieguez told his coach he was ready. Though Dieguez had been plagued by arm problems earlier in the year and was still ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:34 p.m. | Darin Klahr

  • Region softball: Leto 7, Osceola 6 (10 innings)

    SEMINOLE — Leto’s Carrie Reynolds, who led off the 10th inning with a walk and moved to third on consecutive sacrifice groundouts, scored the winning run on a passed ball to beat Osceola 7-6 in Friday’s Class 6A region quarterfinal. It was the Falcons’ first postseason win in school history. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • District baseball: Tampa Catholic 3, Berkeley Prep 0

    TAMPA — Winning the Class 4A, District 10 championship wasn’t as easy as 1-2-3 for Tampa Catholic. Reeves Martin tossed six shutout innings, and Mike Murphy escaped a seventh-inning jam as second-seeded Tampa Catholic (15-11-1) defeated No. 1 Berkeley Prep (12-13) 3-0 Friday night. Neither team retired the side in ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. | Don Jensen

  • District baseball: Northeast 4, Seminole 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Without a doubt, David Sockol was confident. “I was pumped up all day for this game,” the Northeast senior said. “I was looking forward to this moment.” Never mind that Seminole lit him up for four runs in two innings just 2 1/2 weeks ago. Never mind ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:43 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • District baseball: Cambridge Christian 10, Bayshore Christian 4

    BROOKSVILLE — Cambridge Christian had scored a combined two runs in two games against Bayshore Christian this season. The bats came alive Friday in a rematch for the Class 2A, District 7 championship at Hernando Christian. The Lancers struck early, with four runs in the first inning, and ended up ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Central 14, Wesley Chapel 6

    BROOKSVILLE — Central wasn’t even expected to reach the state playoffs this season, but in Friday night’s Class 5A, District 7 championship game, the Bears laid it all on the table. It looked like Wesley Chapel’s game to lose early, but host Central got a huge surge offensively to capture ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Durant 3, Brandon 1

    BRANDON — Thanks to a failed bunt attempt, Zach Barfield tripled to the right-centerfield gap to fuel Durant’s three-run fifth inning in Friday’s 3-1 win over Brandon for the Class 7A, District 7 title. That gave the Cougars (20-6) three straight district championships, including the past two over the Eagles ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • District baseball: River Ridge 3, Dunedin 1

    NEW PORT RICHEY — There have been two empty spots in the rafters of the River Ridge gymnasium since the school was built in 1991. This past fall, the football team occupied one with their first district championship banner. After Friday night, River Ridge’s only baseball manager in the school’s ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 9:36 p.m. | Andy Warrener

  • District baseball: Boca Ciega 6, Lakewood 4

    GULFPORT — Boca Ciega put its hopes of winning the school’s first district championship since 1988 on the shoulders of freshman left-hander Nate Campbell. Three batters into Friday’s Class 5A, District 10 final against Lakewood, it looked as if the Pirates’ hopes were dashed. Lakewood’s Donovan Pink blasted a three-run ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 8:58 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Palm Harbor University 4, Plant 1

    PALM HARBOR — Plant’s Kayla McGory led off the game with a home run, but Palm Harbor University shortstop Logyn Lilley made sure it didn’t rattle her teammates. “First thing I said to (pitcher) Taylor Scott after that home run was, ‘Hey, we gotta score to win anyway,’ ” Lilley said. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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