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Spring Hill American wins Dixie Majors title

Spring Hill American’s Danny Schonborn puts the ball in play in a first-game loss to South Lake.

LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Times

Spring Hill American’s Danny Schonborn puts the ball in play in a first-game loss to South Lake.

Spring Hill American, a Dixie League Majors (12-and-under) all-star baseball squad, made history Friday night.

In the 53 years of the Dixie Youth League state championship tournament, no Hernando County team had ever won the title.

Until now.

After losing 4-3 to South Lake in Spring Hill's first attempt to clinch the title, the Spring Hill squad rallied to take the nightcap 5-4 and claim the state crown at Ridge Manor Community Park.

Next up for Spring Hill: a trip to the national tournament on Aug. 4-9 in LaGrange, Ga.

Vito Tambasco was the hero of the evening for the Americans.

Not only did he earn the victory on the mound, but he added a home run at the plate.

Spring Hill seemed to peak in tournament play. It entered the event as the District 6 runnerup to South Lake. In fact, South Lake swept Spring Hill in the district tournament, winning two games by a combined 26-6 score.

But Friday night, it was a different story.

And at long last, Hernando County has itself a championship team.

Spring Hill American wins Dixie Majors title 07/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008 4:17pm]
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