Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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South Brandon LL reaches Southeast Region semifinals

A day after suffering its first loss, South Brandon bounced back Tuesday to clinch a spot in the semifinals of the Little League Majors (11-12) Southeast Region Tournament in Warner Robins, Ga.

South Brandon (8-2 overall, 2-1 tournament) shut out Georgia 15-0 to advance out of pool play; it faces South Nashville, Tenn., at 1 p.m. today on ESPN2.

Cecil Woodside started and won, tossing 51/3 innings with seven strikeouts, three walks and two hits. Luke Cadwallader then had two strikeouts in the sixth. Macallister Jorgensen homered in the top of the first on his third pitch to put South Brandon up 1-0.

After being the losing pitcher Monday against North Carolina, Myles Caba went 2-for-3 including a grand slam in the first.

South Brandon is two wins from becoming the 10th Tampa Bay team to reach the World Series.

LL Minors Baseball: Keystone stayed perfect in the postseason and earned a berth in the final, beating 10-0 South Carolina 10-0 in the 10-11 Tournament of Champions in Greenville, N.C.

Keystone (13-0, 4-0) won its semifinal by the 10-run rule in five innings, capped by Keaton Howard's walk-off solo homer to right-centerfield. He also threw a complete game, with 75 pitches.

Florida faces Wilson City, N.C., today at 11 a.m. in the final.

Softball: The Tampa Mustangs were crowned ASA/USA 18U National Champions last week in Montgomery, Ala.

Rolling off 10 straight victories, the Mustangs (91-12 overall) rolled over the 109-team field, culminating with a 2-1 victory over the Birmingham Vipers.

The Mustangs were led by the pitching of Megan Kugelmann (Cocoa Beach) and Jill McElderry (Fivay), who combined to go 8-0 with a 0.82 ERA. Tampa batted .340 for the event, led by Lindsay Boynton (Steinbrenner), who hit .478 with two home runs and 12 RBIs, and Kugelmann, who hit .571 with the winning homer in the championship game. Shannon Bell (Durant) hit .407.

The roster also included Megan Lane (Hernando), Jenna Brownell (Chamberlain), Allison Caroll (Alonso), Rachel Carlson (Freedom, Maine), Caylin DeLones (Durant), Maddy Hall (Freedom), Kaitlyn Ridolph (Wiregrass Ranch), Megan Chaplow (Alonso), Marilyn Street (Freedom), Erica Serafini (Steinbrenner), and Emily Gundrum (Freedom).

Senior League Baseball: Greater Largo (11-2, 2-2) lost in the semifinals of the 15-16 Southeast Region in Safety Harbor. After advancing out of Pool A with a 2-1 record, Largo lost 2-1 to Pool B winner Dumfries, Va.

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