Saturday, January 20, 2018
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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.

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