Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball: Riverview win cools off Newsome, complicates district race

RIVERVIEW — Riverview played host to a hot Newsome team that has won eight of its past nine. And the race in Class 5A-8 got even tighter as the Sharks beat the Wolves 12-4 Friday night in a key district matchup — leaving Riverview, Newsome, Durant and Armwood tied with Plant City still holding onto the first-place spot.

"We all have beat each other once so all of the teams are pretty much split down the middle," Riverview coach Bill Leiby said. "It's going to come down to the wire and to who is playing well on the day of the district game."

Leiby said his team has been anxiously waiting to play the Wolves again after Riverview fell to Newsome 3-2 earlier in the season.

Senior Josh Botts' RBI double opened up the scoring and from there Riverview's bats came alive as the Sharks (12-7, 6-5) scored six runs in the first inning.

"We knew we had to come out and put pressure on them early," Leiby said. "We worked on it all week, and we have been swinging bats very well as of late."

Botts had another RBI double, this time in the fourth inning. After the Wolves' Alex Parker (3-5) gave up a few hits, senior Nick Branca came on in relief. But Branca's inside fastball to Sharks junior Justin Rose turned into a grand slam, making the score 11-0.

"I was in a slump for a few games, but I am finally coming out of it," Rose said. "The one-on-one encouragement I have had from my coaches has helped me see the ball better."

Newsome avoided being blanked as Alex Kerr and Keller Powers added RBI singles in the fifth inning. The Wolves (13-7, 7-5) also scored on a Riverview error and junior Tyler Packanik added an RBI double as the Wolves made it 11-4.

The Sharks' Dylan Drawdy (3-2) got the win after he pitched five innings and had seven strikeouts.

Baseball: Riverview win cools off Newsome, complicates district race 04/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 11:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking on that comically bad dive?


    What could Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. been thinking in the seventh inning Friday when he dove for a ball and came up yards short?

    Actually, he insisted after all the laughing, teasing and standing ovation from the Twins fans was done, it was a matter of self-preservation.

  2. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins

    2:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  3. State baseball: Unbeaten Calvary Christian makes it 29 straight wins, reaches final


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian is one game from season-long perfection. And its first state championship.

     Calvary Christian players celebrate their win after the FHSAA class 4A semi-final against American Heritage on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary defeated American Heritage 7 to 1. Calvary takes on Pensacola Catholic in the championship tomorrow night, at Hammond Stadium.
  4. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win


    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.
  5. Rays journal: Rookie Daniel Robertson takes pride in sparkling defense

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie INF Daniel Robertson has earned raves for his defensive play at both second base and shortstop, making a highlight play almost every game he starts, including one in the fifth inning Friday.