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.
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.