Machine Pitch All-Stars undefeated in tournament

West Hernando Little League's All-Star tournament season began in style last week. The local league's Machine Pitch Division All-Stars, made up of 7- and 8-year-olds, went undefeated in the District 15 All-Star Tournament in Lady Lake.

In the opener against Crystal River, WHLL dominated in a four-inning mercy-rule 22-0 win. The second round was a little more of a test as the local athletes took out Dunnellon 18-8 in six innings. Another shutout advanced WHLL to the district finals: a win over Inverness 16-0 in four innings.

West Hernando, coached by Mike Scarangello, completed its sweep with an 18-4 four-inning mercy-rule victory over Lady Lake in the championship game. Over the course of the tournament, WHLL outscored its opponents 74-12 in four games. Machine Pitch Division winners do not advance past the district level, so WHLL has gone as far as it can go this season.

BASKETBALL: Challenger K-8 varsity boys coach Jeff Laing will host a basketball camp from Monday through Thursday at Challenger K-8 Gymnasium for youths entering grades 2-8.

Laing, a former varsity coach for Hernando High, will teach fundamentals at the camp, which will run 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuition is $50 per camper, and the proceeds will be used for the Challenger Boys Basketball program. The camp is being sponsored by Century 21 and Looper Sports Connection.

For registration forms and other information, visit the Challenger K-8 Web site at www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/ck8 or contact Laing at (352) 279-0793.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Brooksville Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the Jerome Brown Basketball Tournament on June 27-28.

The double elimination tournament will be at the Jerome Brown Center and will involve middle and high school-age players. The cost is $240 per team with a minimum of eight players. For more information, call (352) 544-5498.

VOLLEYBALL: The city of Brooksville's recreation department will host two volleyball camps, June 30-July 3 and July 7-11. The camp will be held at Jerome Brown Center, while the first "short" session is $50 and the second is $60.

For more information, call (352) 544-5498.

BASEBALL: Former MLB relief pitcher John Frascatore will hold a baseball camp through the Hernando County Parks & Recreation Department.

The camp, open to boys ages 7-12 and girls ages 7-14, runs July 10-14 and be held at Tom Varn Park and the Jerome Brown Center. Each day, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with after-camp care available from until 5 p.m.

The registration fee is $75 and includes a T-shirt. An additional $25 is charged for after-camp care. The deadline for entry is 8:30 a.m. July 10.

For more information, please contact Tina Nichols at (352) 544-5498.

MORE BASEBALL: The Jerome Brown Center is hosting a Day with the Rays, a $28 package that includes a bus trip and ticket to the Aug. 6 Tampa Bay Rays afternoon game against the Cleveland Indians. The bus leaves from the center at 10:40 a.m. and the game starts at 12:40 p.m.

For more info, call (352) 544-5498.

Submit info, upcoming events and camps to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Machine Pitch All-Stars undefeated in tournament 06/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:08am]

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