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  • Times’ all-Hillsborough County softball teams

    Pitcher of the Year: Lace Smith, Jr., Bloomingdale Why we picked her: Smith carried a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year to the Class 8A state championship — the program’s first since 1993. She took a 0.58 ERA into the state semifinals, and she allowed only one ...
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    Wed. June 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Spring football: Armwood 14, Plant City 0; Strawberry Crest 10, Durant 9

    at Durant Armwood 14, Plant City 0 Strawberry Crest 10, Durant 9 Spring game-breakers: Armwood’s defense starred in the first matchup, holding Plant City to minus-21 yards on 21 carries. … Armwood’s Trevor Laurent caught two passes for 29 yards, including a 19-yard slant for a touchdown. … The Hawks’ ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 10:38 p.m. | Bryan Burns

  • Region softball: Durant ousted by Harmony

    Durant’s quest for a fourth trip to state since 2002 fizzled in Sunday’s rough offensive outing at Harmony. The Cougars’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to the Longhorns in a Class 7A region final delayed two days by rain. “We just made a couple mistakes, and they took advantage,” ...
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    Sun. May 04, 2014 at 10:39 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • Region baseball: One inning lifts Sickles over Durant

    DURANT — Sickles did all of its damage in one inning of a 5-3 comeback win over Durant in Wednesday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The Gryphons (18-7) erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run fifth highlighted by Levi Gilcrease’s three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence. Maddux Faber added an ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. | Steve Lee

  • Region softball: Durant holds off Plant City

    PLANT CITY — Even after breezing through six shutout innings, Durant had to make Wednesday’s Class 7A region semifinal interesting. The Cardiac Cougars gave their coaches heartburn, loading the bases with one out and allowing the go-ahead run to the plate before buckling down and escaping with a 5-2 home ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District baseball: Durant edges Brandon 1-0 for 7A-7 title

    District baseball: Durant edges Brandon 1-0 for 7A-7 title PLANT CITY — Just one out from winning his second straight district baseball tournament Friday, Durant coach Butch Valdes paced in and out of the dugout, the nerves visible on his face from under the brim of his navy blue helmet. Brandon (16-9) hadn’t had a runner in scoring position ...
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    Fri. April 25, 2014 at 11:52 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Region softball: Never count out Durant

    Region softball: Never count out Durant DURANT — Two years after Durant made an improbable, drama-filled run to the state championship, the Cardiac Cougars made a roaring return to start the Class 7A playoffs. Senior outfielder Shannon Bell knocked a 1-0 pitch just over the right-centerfield wall for a three-run home run that gave Durant a ...
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    Thu. April 24, 2014 at 11:24 p.m. | Matt Baker

  • District baseball: Defeat begins retirement for Gaither’s Permuy

    TAMPA — Like he has done after every baseball game he has coached for 50 years, Frank Permuy addressed his team then gathered his things in the dugout and packed them into a long, black bat bag. For the Gaither coach, it was a familiar routine. But this time — ...
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    Wed. April 23, 2014 at 11:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title

    District softball roundup: Durant routs Plant City for 7A-7 title TAMPA — The old adage states it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. Thursday, it proved spot on. Durant’s bats stayed hot as the No. 3 seed avenged a pair of regular-season losses and defeated top-seeded Plant City 11-0 in the Class 7A, District 7 final ...
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    Fri. April 18, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. | Brandon Wright

  • District softball roundup: Tampa Catholic wins 4A-10 title

    TAMPA — Emily Small hadn’t pitched in nearly a year when Tampa Catholic coach Mark Braddy called on her to provide depth going into the Class 4A, District 10 tournament. Small never thought she would pitch again after taking a break to play mainly centerfield this season. But after practicing ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Jeff Odom

  • Softball: Plant City tops Durant, leads 7A-7

    PLANT CITY — A 6-2 win over Durant on Friday gave host Plant City the top spot in Class 7A, District 7, It also gave the Raiders their ninth straight win and a sweep of their nearby rival. With Strawberry Crest half a game behind and one district game left ...
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    Sat. April 05, 2014 at 12:26 a.m. | Steve Lee

  • Hillsborough: Baseball super 7, stats

    Baseball super 7 Records through Wednesday. 1. King (16-3, 12-1): The Lions continue to be hard to stop. Four starters have batting averages greater than .300, with Michael Taylor and Bubby Terp leading the way with .404 and .429 averages, respectively. 2. Plant (15-5, 9-0): The Panthers, who haven’t given ...
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    Thu. April 03, 2014 at 4:47 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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