Monday, December 18, 2017
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Plant City baseball wins Majors state championship

Plant City has had some dominant All-Star teams in the past couple of years, and this season is no exception.

In the Little League Majors Baseball state tournament in DeBary, Plant City (10-1) edged Windermere 5-3 Monday to advance to this weekend's Southeast Region tournament in Warner-Robbins, Ga.

Plant City Minor (10-11) Baseball also advanced, reaching today's semifinal in the Little League Southeast Region Tournament in Luray, Va. With Monday's 9-1 victory over Virginia, Plant City (10-1) clinched a semifinal rematch. The winner of that plays in Wednesday's final against Tennessee or Georgia.

Also Monday, Largo (10-1) won the Senior Baseball state title 6-0 over Dade City (8-4). Michael Del Monte tossed the shutout, Largo's second in three games. Tanner Fields threw a 10-0 shutout over Vero Beach Saturday. Largo moves on to Viera Suntree for the Southeast Region tournament this weekend.

In Braden River, East Bay (10-2) lost the Junior Baseball state final, 6-4 to Rockledge.

SOFTBALL: Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay (11-0) reached the semifinals of the Junior Southeast Regional with its 6-0 win Monday over host Cape Coral.

Palma Ceia, which made the Junior World Series last season, would repeat that with two more victories. The club, which faces Tennessee tonight, has been powered by pitchers Dani Tringali and Lindsay Lopez.

Land O'Lakes Minors (9-10) beat West Virginia 9-8 in a Southeast Region semifinal. The club (9-1) faces host Luray, Va. today.

Citrus Park (8-1) made the Minors (10-11) Southeast Region final with a 7-0 victory over West Virginia and faces Bridgewater, Va., today.

DIXIE LEAGUE: The Spring Hill Dixie Ponytails continued to stay alive in the Dixie Ponytails X-Play World Series in Hartsville, S.C.

Spring Hill (9-1) won via mercy rule for the second consecutive time in an elimination game, knocking off host Hartsville 10-0 with a walk-off RBI bunt single by Megan Nelski to score Abby Oliver.

Heather Shagoury (three innings, one walk, one hit, two strikeouts) and Madyson Lamp (one inning) combined for the shutout. Miranda Arroyo hit a bases-loaded three-run triple in the second inning to bust the game open for the Hernando County team, and Paige Pfent had a two-run homer in the third.

Spring Hill faces South Carolina in the next round.

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