Monday, December 18, 2017
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Spring Hill 11-12 Ponytails ousted from World Series

The Spring Hill Dixie Ponytails All-Stars reached the Dixie X-Play Ponytails (11-12) Softball World Series in Ponchatoula, La., but could not repeat the success of the 2012 Spring Hill representatives that won the national title.

Coping with rain delays throughout the weekend, Spring Hill (7-2 overall, 1-2 tournament) was eliminated by Texas on Sunday night. Alyssa Kelly, who struck out her first two batters, tossed a stellar complete game but she was outdueled by Texas starter Ally Fight (13 strikeouts), who tossed a no-hitter.

Spring Hill won its first game Saturday with a 10-run rule victory over South Carolina, 22-12, but lost 9-8 to Ponchatoula, La., Sunday morning.

DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL: The Spring Hill All-Stars (8-3, 2-2) had more success at the 13-14 World Series in Bossier City, La., but were eliminated Monday.

In the opening 7-1 win over Louisiana, Spring Hill's Zach Funkhouser had a two-run home run. It was his second straight game with a homer including the state championship game against Sebring. Pitchers J.P. Gates and Johnny Oliveira combined to shut down the opposing hitters.

Against Virginia in the second round, the local club lost to the defending champions from Hattiesburg, Miss., 15-3.

Florida opened Monday's consolation with a 7-1 win against Virginia. Nick Vastano tossed a complete game for Spring Hill, and Dakota Blevens homered to left center. However, the postseason run ended in the night game with a 5-4 loss to Texas.

LL MAJORS BASEBALL: South Brandon advanced to the Little League Majors (11-12) Southeast Region Tournament.

Over the weekend in Warner-Robins, Ga., South Brandon (7-2, 1-1) split its first two contests and remains alive in the region title hunt.

Adrian Malave is hitting .500 with a walk, a run and three RBIs through two games for the Hillsborough County club, including a three-run homer in a 10-3 win over West Virginia. Marcos Herrand (three innings, no runs, no hits, three strikeouts) picked up the win in relief.

South Brandon lost Monday morning to North Carolina, 6-2.

LL MINORS BASEBALL: At the 10-11 Tournament of Champions in Greenville, N.C., Keystone suffered its first loss in the third game of pool play Monday. The Odessa-based club lost a 6-5 to West Virginia, despite a comeback attempt in the last two innings that cut the deficit to a run. Keystone (11-1, 2-1) outscored Virginia and North Carolina 23-9 in starting 2-0.

SENIOR BASEBALL: In the 15-16 World Series in Safety Harbor, Greater Largo (11-1, 2-1) lost 8-6 to Georgia on Sunday. That was a far cry from the offensive outburst Largo put on against West Virginia in the opener. Monday's 7-4 win over North Carolina clinched the runnerup position for Largo in Pool A and a spot in the semifinals tonight against Virginia.

Results/schedule

Saturday's results

Little League Minors (10-11) Tournament of Champions (Greenville, N.C.)

Keystone 10, North Carolina 3

Little League Majors (11-12) Southeast Region Tournament (Warner Robins, Ga.)

South Brandon 4, West Virginia 3

Little League Seniors (15-16) Southeast Region Tournament (Safety Harbor)

Greater Largo 13, West Virginia 1

Dixie Boys (13-14) World Series (Bossier City, La.)

Spring Hill 7, Louisiana 1

Dixie Ponytails X-Play (11-12) Softball World Series (Ponchatoula, La.)

Spring Hill 22, South Carolina 12

Sunday's results

Little League Minors (10-11) Tournament of Champions (Greenville, N.C.)

Keystone 13, Virginia 6

Little League Seniors (15-16) Southeast Region Tournament (Safety Harbor)

Georgia 8, Greater Largo 6

Dixie Boys (13-14) World Series (Bossier City, La.)

Mississippi 15, Spring Hill 3

Dixie Ponytails X-Play (11-12) Softball World Series (Ponchatoula, La.)

Ponchatoula, La. (host) 9, Spring Hill 8

Texas 1, Spring Hill 0

Monday's results

Little League Minors (10-11) Tournament of Champions (Greenville, N.C.)

West Virginia 6, Keystone 5

Little League Majors (11-12) Southeast Region Tournament (Warner Robins, Ga.)

North Carolina 6, South Brandon 2

Little League Seniors (15-16) Southeast Region Tournament (Safety Harbor)

Greater Largo 7, North Carolina 4

Dixie Boys (13-14) World Series (Bossier City, La.)

Spring Hill 8, Virginia 1

Texas 5, Spring Hill 4

Today's schedule

Little League Minors (10-11) Tournament of Champions (Greenville, N.C.)

Keystone vs. South Carolina, 12:45 (semifinals)

Little League Majors (11-12) Southeast Region Tournament (Warner Robins, Ga.)

South Brandon vs. Georgia, 4

Little League Seniors (15-16) Southeast Region Tournament (Safety Harbor)

Greater Largo vs. Virginia, 3 (semifinals)

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