The Spring Hill Americans Dixie League team is in control of the Triple-A Majors Dixie State Championship Tournament being held at Ridge Manor Community Park this week.
Spring Hill entered the tournament as the District 6 runners-up to South Lake. South Lake swept Spring Hill in the district tournament winning two games by a combined 26-6. Even with those two tough games, Spring Hill is believed to have the most talented of any team in the brackets.
The Americans have definitely backed that up so far, going 4-0 in the tournament including an 8-5 win over rival South Lake on Monday night.
The state tournament, which began Saturday, has been around for 53 years with no Hernando County team ever winning the title, and Spring Hill is one win away from that. In the first game, the Americans blasted Ridge Manor 13-3 in only four innings. Not much changed in Sunday's game, an 11-1 mercy-rule win over South Walton.
Vito Tambasco, leading the team with five postseason homers, hit a grand slam against South Walton. After falling behind early, Spring Hill scratched back for an 8-5 win and followed that by beating previously undefeated District 8 champion Okeechobee 8-4.
After a Wednesday night rainout, the tournament semifinals were postponed to Thursday night with Liberty County squaring off with Spring Hill and South Lake pitted against Okeechobee.
Since Spring Hill is the only undefeated team remaining at press time, it would still be alive with a loss, but if the Americans win, Spring Hill would be in the final against the winner of the other semifinal. The championship is set to begin tonight at 6.
SOCCER: First Hernando Youth Soccer will offer its annual Major League Soccer Camp on Monday through July 25 at the Anderson Snow Soccer Complex off Anderson Snow Road. Walk-up registrations will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon daily. The cost is $95. Also, an evening goalkeeper camp will be offered July 22-24 for $60. Online registration can be done at mlscamps.com. For more information, contact Fred Poholek at email@example.com or (352) 650-4898.
GOLF: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host Golf Camp 4 Kids from July 21-24 at the Quarry Golf Course. The camp is for beginner- and intermediate-level players from 6-12 years old and costs $60, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be aftercare available from 2-5:30 p.m. for an additional $12. Camp volunteers with golf experience are also welcome. For more information, call (352) 544-5498.
BASKETBALL: Hernando Christian Academy will host the second of two sessions of the Bill Brooks Basketball Camp next week from July 24-30. The session will take place in the HCA gym at 7200 Emerson Road in Brooksville. The cost is $80 and features skill tests, two full-court games, a 3-on-3 tournament and an all-star game at the end of the week. Campers receive a T-shirt, should wear shirt, shorts and sport shoes, bring their own lunch and not bring their own basketballs. For more information, contact coach Brooks at (352) 684-4006.
MORE BASKETBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department will be at Challenger K-8 for a basketball camp for youths ages 8-14. The camp will run from July 28-Aug. 1. About 35 players have signed up so far. The camp is under the leadership of Marion Jones, a former standout player for Hernando High. Elaine Gordon will direct the female athletes. Gordon has played professionally in England. Other local high school players should also be in attendance. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $85. For more information, contact county recreation manager Harry Johnson at (352) 754-4031.
VOLLEYBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department has also committed to putting on a volleyball camp July 21-25 at Challenger K-8. Heading up the coaching staff will be Patti Martin, the coach of Challenger's volleyball program. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to youths ages 8-14. The cost is $85. For more information, contact county recreation manager Harry Johnson at (352) 754-4031.
Submit upcoming events, info, registrations to communitysports@ tampabay.com.