Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Land O'Lakes wins state softball title in 9-10 age bracket

A number of All-Star teams on the Suncoast advanced to the finals of their Little League state tournaments.

Leading the way was Land O'Lakes, which won the 9-10 state softball title Viera/Suntree Little League in Melbourne. The all-stars knocked off Fort Myers American 12-1 Monday.

Land O'Lakes went 5-0 at state, beating Fort Myers American twice. The team advances to Luray, Va., for the Southeast Region next weekend.

Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay topped Land O'Lakes 8-2 in an all-Suncoast final in Junior (13-14) Softball at Fort Braden Little League in Tallahassee.

Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay (5-0) reached the Southeast Region championships in Fort Myers. The champions also handed Land O'Lakes (3-2) its only two losses of the weekend.

In Majors Softball at Union Park, Keystone fell to Windermere 4-2 in the final.

Rain-delayed finals played late Monday were: Plant City against Cape Coral (10-11 Baseball) at DeFuniak Springs, and Citrus Park against Windermere (10-11 Softball) at DeBary.

SECTIONAL BASEBALL: In Majors (11-12), Section 4 at Land O'Lakes, Plant City beat the host team 18-9 in the final.

The blowout started early Sunday when Plant City (3-0, 7-0 postseason) jumped to a 9-1 lead in the third capped by a two-run home run from Cody Gaither. Land O'Lakes' Colton Bierly went 3-for-4 with two homers in the title game.

The Section 7 tournament at Northeast Little League in St. Petersburg saw Bayshore, out of Tampa defeat West Pasco of Dade City 2-1 in the final. Both Bayshore ace Carson Weekley (complete game, one earned run, seven strikeouts) and West Pasco starter Ryan O'Neil (complete game, one earned run, seven strikeouts) threw well, but Bayshore pushed across the walkoff run in the bottom of the sixth when Thomas Martino knocked in Joe Brewer with an RBI single.

The winning teams advanced to the state tournament, which starts Friday at DeBary.

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