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)

Lay of land on diamond hard to figure this season

Osceola centerfielder Taylor Layner is heating up at the plate with one home run and three triples. The Warriors are off to a 6-1 start.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR | Special to the Times

Osceola centerfielder Taylor Layner is heating up at the plate with one home run and three triples. The Warriors are off to a 6-1 start.

Entering this baseball season, there was one question that overrode all others.

Where did everybody go?

Most of the county's leaders from a year ago graduated.

And the coaches weren't exactly familiar either — seven from a year ago left.

With so many changes, the status of baseball in the county seemed unclear. New coaches were getting acclimated to their teams and the others were trying to find replacements in the lineup. Welcome to baseball 2009, a topsy-turvy season in which anything seems possible.

So far there have been a few surprises with some teams emerging as contenders.

Countryside (4-3): Playing in the one of the area's toughest districts, the Cougars are holding their own with a win over Sickles and one-run losses to Gaither and Mitchell.

East Lake (7-2): After dropping two games two weeks ago, the Eagles rebounded nicely, beating Palm Harbor University, Seminole and Tarpon Springs.

Osceola (6-1): The Warriors are getting big contributions at the plate from Taylor Layner (two home runs, three triples) and on the mound from Winston Rivas (3-0 start).

Pinellas Park (5-3): The Patriots were roughed up by Osceola and Seminole, but they have some quality wins, the biggest coming against East Lake.

St. Petersburg Catholic (4-3): After a 4-1 start, the Barons have lost two straight. But they should be a contender in a tight district race with Tampa Catholic, Berkeley Prep and Clearwater Central Catholic.

Lay of land on diamond hard to figure this season 03/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:51am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now


    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  2. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-named prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  3. Nine Florida football players, 62 felony complaints in fraud scandal


    GAINESVILLE — The fraud scandal that has engulfed the University of Florida's nationally ranked football team for weeks exploded Monday with the first detailed accounts of criminal accusations that threaten to derail the Gators' season.

    Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Where Rays shortstop Matt Duffy's lost season leads

    The Heater

    BRADENTON — In a perfect world Matt Duffy would have been in New York on Monday with his Rays teammates enjoying the final off day of the year. Instead, he was on Field 4 at Pirate City on a sweltering afternoon, trying to restart his season.

    Rays shortstop Matt Duffy plays in his first game (since rehab was aborted) with the club's instructional league on Monday at the Pirate City baseball field and spring training complex in Bradenton [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  5. Vinny Lecavalier's jersey retirement will be another classic Vinny moment

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — He was the face of the franchise. He was taken first overall in the 1998 NHL Draft by a franchise at the bottom. Art Williams, the nutty Tampa Bay Lightning owner at the time, proclaimed the 18-year-old from Ile Bizard, a Montreal borough, "the Michael Jordan of hockey."

    Vincent Lecavalier makes a break for the net while playing an exhibition game on Sunday (9/24/17) with the 2017 U.S. Women???‚??„?s National Team at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Lecavalier was the captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2000???‚??€œ2001 season and between the 2008???‚??€œ2013 and spent his first 14 NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers.