Plant City took another step Sunday toward the dream of playing in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa.
After Plant City (9-1) and South Fort Myers pushed out Bayshore (9-2) via a pool-play runs-surrendered tiebreaker, Plant City crushed Merritt Island 17-2 to reach today's title game of the Majors (ages 11-12) Division state tournament in DeBary.
Plant City gave up 14 runs in going 2-1. Bayshore, from South Tampa, lost the three-way tiebreaker because it gave up 17 runs to South Fort Myers' 16.
Plant City faces Windermere, a 7-3 winner over South Fort Myers, in the championship game at 6 p.m. today at Bill Keller Park. The winner advances to Southeast Region play at Warner Robbins, Ga., where that winner goes to Williamsport.
Minors baseball: Plant City fell to 1-1 at the Tournament of State Champions (ages 10-11) in Greenville, N.C. A day after beating South Carolina 3-2, Plant City lost 5-2 to Tennessee. Plant City (10-1) plays Virginia today hoping to avoid elimination.
Minors softball: Land O'Lakes, which had yet to surrender a run in two games at the Little League Minors (ages 9-10) Southeast Region tournament, lost to the host team, Luray, Va., 6-2 Sunday. Land O'Lakes still advances to the semifinal round today against North Carolina.
After a day off, Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay (10-0) continues play at the Little League Minors (ages 10-11) Southeast Region tournament against host team Cape Coral at 6:30 tonight. No matter who wins, both teams will advance to the semifinal round Tuesday because North Carolina is 0-2 in pool play.
At the Tournament of State Champions, also in Luray, Va., Citrus Park (ages 10-11) advanced out of pool play by beating West Virginia 7-4. Citrus Park plays Virginia in a semifinal today.
Dixie Softball: Spring Hill staved off elimination at the Ponytails X-Play World Series in Hartsville, S.C., beating Virginia 12-0 behind Bre Blakenship (4-for-5 with three doubles). Spring Hill had lost earlier in the day to Louisiana 2-1 despite a good pitching effort from Chayse Skinner. Spring Hill (8-1) faces another elimination game tonight against South Carolina.
Meanwhile, Wesley Chapel was eliminated with two losses at the Darlings World Series in Georgetown, S.C. The Pasco County team fell 14-4 to Louisiana, then 9-3 to Alabama.