Sunday, June 17, 2018
Sports

Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay Little League softball ousted from Southeast Region

The Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay Junior softball team, the most successful youth softball or baseball club in the area over the past couple of seasons, had this season's run end Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Little League Southeast Region tournament in Fort Myers.

Palma Ceia lost 3-0 to a team from Daniel Boone Little League in Grey, Tenn. One season after reaching the finals of the Little League Junior (13-14) Softball World Series, the Hillsborough County team was 11-0 going into the semifinal.

Tennessee meets Virginia in today's final.

Two area teams won championships Tuesday as Land O'Lakes and Citrus Park captured Southeast Region titles.

Land O'Lakes (10-1) dominated the final of the Little League Minors (9-10) Softball Southeast Region tournament, defeating host Luray, Va. 11-1.

In pool play on Sunday, Luray became the only team to beat Land O'Lakes during this postseason run, but the Pasco County club avenged that loss with ease.

Citrus Park (9-1) cruised to a title game victory in similar fashion in the Little League Minors (10-11) Softball Southeast Region tournament, also in Luray.

The Tampa club knocked off Bridgewater, Va., 12-1. It was the second time in the event that Citrus Park had beaten Bridgewater handily, after winning 13-5 on Saturday.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: It took extra innings, but Plant City (11-1) reached the championship game of the Little League Minors (10-11) Baseball Southeast Region tournament in Greenville, S.C.

Plant City went back and forth in its game against Virginia before tacking on two runs in the eighth inning for an 8-6 win.

The boys move on to face Tennessee in the final today. This is the second year in a row that Goodlettsville, Tenn., has reached the final of this tournament, losing in 2011 to North Carolina.

DIXIE LEAGUE SOFTBALL: Behind Abbey Primavera and Paige Pfent, the Spring Hill Dixie Ponytails advanced to the finals of the Dixie Ponytails X-Play World Series in Hartsville, S.C.

Spring Hill (10-1) had very little trouble in a 2-0 win over Turbeville, S.C. with Primavera on the mound. The ace threw a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and two walks.

The hurler ran into some trouble in the second inning, loading the bases with one out, but she worked out of it, and that was the last time South Carolina threatened.

At the plate, Pfent continued her torrid World Series, going 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored. The 225-foot homer she hammered in the second inning was her second of the tournament.

She is hitting .750 with five RBIs over her past four games.

Spring Hill moved on to play Fairview, La., in the championship round today. The Hernando County girls suffered their only loss of the postseason against Fairview in the second round.

Comments
For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

UPDATE, 11:37: Interesting decision by the Rays to move Adames to 2B today and reinstall Hechavarria at SS as he came off DL following Arroyo injury.Here is the Rays lineup:Duffy 3bBauers 1bRamos cCron dhAdames 2bHechavarria ssGomez rfRefsnyder lfFie...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Tarpons’ Castillo, North squad notch FSL All-Star Game victory

TAMPA — The Tarpons' Diego Castillo led the North squad to a 5-0 victory in the 57th Florida State League All-Star Game on his home field Saturday night.The game MVP went 2-for-4 with two doubles and started the scoring for the North in the sec...
Published: 06/17/18
Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

The Rays are still talking, as they should, about playing for something this season. The reality is that almost every move they've made, going back to the end of last season, and in some cases further, has been about 2019 and beyond.Clearing out vete...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK — Kevin Cash was not going to go all Lou Piniella on his Rays, raging and ripping and roaring over their latest mess, a 4-1 Saturday loss to the Yankees that didn't feel that close.Which is too bad because Piniella, the volcanic former...
Published: 06/16/18

Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

TODAYAutosXfinity: Iowa 250 qualifying2:30 p.m.FS2Xfinity: Iowa 2505 p.m.FS1BaseballMarlins at Orioles1 p.m.FSFRays at Yankees2 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMAstros at Royals2 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners (in progress)5 p.m.MLBCubs at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPNCollege b...
Published: 06/16/18
Rays journal: Arroyo on DL, Hechavarria returns

Rays journal: Arroyo on DL, Hechavarria returns

NEW YORK — Just when it seemed like SS Adeiny Hechavarria might not play another game for the Rays, he will rejoin them on Sunday.The Rays announced after Saturday's 4-1 loss that INF Christian Arroyo was placed on the DL due to an oblique stra...
Published: 06/16/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

RHP Ryne Stanek did his job as the opener just fine in getting four outs on Saturday, but for the Rays' unorthodox pitching plan to work it takes a team effort. And LHP Ryan Yarbrough's inability to throw strikes quickly put them in a hole.The experi...
Published: 06/16/18
For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

UPDATE, 11:49: Cash said he played Cron at 1B in an effort to get him more involved in the game, indicated he may do so again Sunday (with Bauers off vs. LH Sabathia) and should have done so more as Cron struggled. … Cash reiterated that CF Kev...
Published: 06/16/18
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Published: 06/16/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18