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  • Chelsea Baker proves talent trumps gender on baseball diamond

    Chelsea Baker proves talent trumps gender on baseball diamond PLANT CITY — A broom and stepladder sit propped up against the wall of a walk-in storage closet. Above a cinder-block ledge inside, where cleaning supplies and a can of WD-40 sit, hang No. 25 Durant High School baseball jerseys. A name plate that reads ‘BAKER’ peeks out from behind ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 2:08 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Plant shakes off slump vs. Alonso

    TAMPA — Since winning its first Saladino Tournament in a decade, Plant lost three of its next four games and came into a district matchup with Alonso at .500 since hoisting the trophy. It was a problem for the Panthers, who previously owned a 12-game win streak, but it was ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 11:23 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough: Baseball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. King (14-2): The Lions’ only losses of the season have been one-run games against strong Hillsborough and Plant teams, making King the team to beat in Hillsborough County. 2. Alonso (15-2): The Ravens have rolled since losing big to Plant in the Saladino Tournament, ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 5:10 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Berkeley Prep's Gray among Hillsborough County winter sports award winners

    TAMPA — Berkeley Prep's basketball season ended more than a month ago with a loss in the Class 4A state semifinal. But for coach Bobby Reinhart, it was the Hillsborough County winter sports awards ceremony that marked the end of the Gray era. For eight years Reinhart has coached Justin ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Jesuit edges Robinson

    TAMPA — Just one day after it was reported that Jesuit suspended nine players for the rest of the season for violating school policy, the Tigers had to be prepared for a district matchup against Robinson. A whole lineup was missing Wednesday while six from the junior varsity — Alex ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 12:34 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Jesuit suspends nine players

    Nine Jesuit baseball players have been suspended from the team for the rest of the 2014 season for violating school policy, said Pete Young, the school’s director of communications. Young would not disclose the names of players nor the specific policy that was violated. “Out of respect for our students ...
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    Tue. March 25, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Brandon 2, Strawberry Crest 1

    BRANDON — Going into a district matchup with Strawberry Crest, Brandon coach Matthew Stallbaumer knew his players would have to be on their toes against a defense known for being stingy. Mark Moclair took the mound for the Chargers, fresh off a no-hitter he pitched against Plant City just more ...
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    Sat. March 22, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball notebook: King to honor teams of past

    King will host Hillsborough on Saturday in a matchup of the top teams in Class 6A, District 9. But when the home players suit up for the matinee ball game, they won’t be the only Lions in the house. Last season, King honored the baseball teams from 1960-1968  — the ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 5:36 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Hillsborough: Baseball super 7, stats

    Super 7 Records through Wednesday 1. Jesuit (12-2): The Tigers took a road trip through Pensacola and New Orleans, coming home with three victories and outscoring their distant opponents 15-4. 2. King (12-1): The Lions’ only loss came on a Kyle Tucker (Plant) home run in tournament play, but the ...
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    Thu. March 20, 2014 at 4:48 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Sickles takes out Saladino frustrations on Plant

    TAMPA —The last time Sickles took the field, it lost a heartbreaker when Alonso scored a two-out run in extra innings to knock the Gryphons out of the Saladino Tournament. So as they prepared to take on tournament champion Plant, Levi Gilcrease, determined not to let the last-second disappointment happen ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Times' all-Hillsborough County boys soccer

    Times' all-Hillsborough County boys soccer Player of the Year: MF Blake Wilson, Sr., Steinbrenner Why we picked him: Wilson captained a talent-rich Steinbrenner squad with 20 goals and six assists, but his contributions were far greater than what could be seen on a stat sheet. Wilson helped put a new program on the map, playing ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 4:41 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino baseball: All-tournament team, home run derby

    Saladino All-Tournament team C Alejandro Martinez, Jr., Jefferson 1B Jake Bak, Jr., Plant INF Kevin Merrell, Jr., Steinbrenner INF Randy Oliva, Sr., Gaither INF Logan Fernandez, So., Strawberry Crest OF Donnell Taylor, Sr., King OF Ryan Anderson, Sr., Brandon OF Conrado Skepple, Jr., Bloomingdale P Zach Rose, Jr., Plant P ...
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    Sat. March 15, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino baseball: Plant tops Jefferson in final

    Saladino baseball: Plant tops Jefferson in final BRANDON — Plant’s new season was much awaited. But before long, all the Panthers wanted to do was forget. Plant began the season 0-2 after back-to-back losses to Brandon and Plant City. After the second stumble, coach Dennis Braun gave his team new instructions. “Coach Braun tells us to be ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Baseball: Jefferson tops Strawberry Crest to reach Saladino final

    Baseball: Jefferson tops Strawberry Crest to reach Saladino final BRANDON — The mood in Jefferson’s dugout was sleepy, and from the start of their Saladino Tournament semifinal against Strawberry Crest on Thursday, the Dragons’ bats were, too. So in the second inning, coach Pop Cuesta had a brief meeting. “We said, “You guys have got to stop swinging at ...
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    Fri. March 14, 2014 at 12:02 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Saladino baseball: Alonso, Plant reach semifinals

    Saladino baseball: Alonso, Plant reach semifinals BRANDON — The last time Alonso right-hander Alex Faedo took the mound in the Saladino Tournament, the then-lesser known prospect threw himself into the limelight with a tournament-record 17 strikeouts in a win against Plant City. Before Wednesday’s Saladino quarterfinal against Bloomingdale, Faedo’s second start this season, the Florida commitment ...
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    Wed. March 12, 2014 at 11:21 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

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