Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Little League: Plant City reaches majors state title game

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.

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