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HomeTeam Hot Shots
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers will nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. These nominations span Saturday, March 2 through Friday, March 8. Winners get a free T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on what made our nominees stand out then look for our writers’ picks for overall winners in Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Times.
Alex Eaton, Shorecrest track and field: Pinellas County’s top girls distance runner won the 1,600- (5:13.86) and 3,200-meter (11:30.74) races at the Bay Conference meet. In the 1,600, Eaton beat Calvary Christian’s Hannah Brookover by 0.52 seconds.
Rachel Goding, Plant track and field: In a six-day span, Goding broke the Panthers’ pole vault record twice — in adverse conditions. On a cold, windy Saturday at the Nash Higgins Relays at Leto, the sophomore and senior Marin Arsenault both vaulted a school-record 10-6. Then on Thursday, in a home dual meet against Steinbrenner staged in 50-degree weather, Goding vaulted 10-9.
Logyn Lilley, Palm Harbor University softball: The sophomore went a combined 5-for-8 at the plate in wins against Sarasota Riverview and Jefferson this past week. The win against Riverview avenged an earlier loss this season.
Wilena Little, Springstead track and field: The versatile junior won two individual medals (200 meters and long jump), helped the 4x400 relay team take first and placed fourth in the 100 at the Mitchell Invitational.
Grace Street, Freedom softball: In routs of Wiregrass Ranch and Robinson, Street — the Patriots’ sophomore ace — went 5-for-7 with two triples, a double and five RBI. In the 7-1 romp of Wiregrass Ranch, she also tossed a complete-game four-hitter, surrendering no earned runs.
Morgan Tolle, River Ridge softball: The James Madison commit finished the week 8-of-10 at the plate with eight RBIs and seven runs scored. She was 2-for-3 in Friday’s 7-2 win over previously unbeaten Seminole.
Kellen Brown, Dunedin baseball: Over a four-game span, few players have been hotter than Brown. He has gone 13-for-17 with three doubles, two triples and seven RBIs. The Falcons shortstop is hitting .667.
Trayvon Bromell, Gibbs track and field: As expected, the sprinter won the 100 and 200 at the West Coast Invitational. But his best performance with his anchor leg in the 4x100 relay that helped the Gladiators upset nationally-ranked Lakewood in the event.
Eric Dowse, Newsome baseball: The 6-foot senior allowed two hits in four innings in a 3-1 win over Riverview on Thursday. He struck out six and walked one in his fourth victory of the season. Dowse also had a grand slam in a 12-0 victory over Lennard on Tuesday.
Chase Ingram, Wesley Chapel baseball: The 6-foot-1 senior came through Friday with the best game of his career — a perfect game against Gulf. He struck out 13 Bucs and needed only 66 pitches to secure his third win of the season.
Zach Peek, Weeki Wachee baseball: The freshman pitcher scattered six hits and only one earned run in a complete game, 6-3 win over Hudson. It was the first varsity victory in program history.
Daniel Portales, Jesuit baseball: Portales had a three RBI-double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, lifting the Tigers to a 12-2 victory over East Lake on Thursday. The 6-foot-3 senior first baseman also tripled and drove in a total of four RBIs.