The Hernando Dixie Debs, coached by Paul Sinwelski, emerged as the state champions for the second consecutive season, but after making the trip to Louisiana for last weekend's Dixie World Series, their run of success ended.
Made up of mostly local high school softball players, the Debs (16-18) had been dominant at the state level, but in three games of the double-elimination tournament in Alexandria, La., there just wasn't enough magic. In the opener Saturday, the host team, the Alexandria Nationals, squeezed out a 7-6 victory over Hernando despite a two-run homer off the bat of Destinee Mormando.
In the second game, there was a solid comeback bid from the team. On Sunday, the Debs took out the Mississippi state champions 7-3. Shay Sanders, who was strong both defensively at third base and with the bat, went 2-for-3 in that game.
The third final game took place Monday. Alabama edged out the Debs and concluded the team's run with a 4-3 loss. Mary Ellen Langley started the game and gave a strong pitching effort in tandem with Stephanie Sinwelski. Langley, in her final season in Dixie, went 2-for-3 with a homer at the plate.
"These girls played a great tournament, but for the most part, we just couldn't break through offensively," said coach Sinwelski. "I am proud of how we played despite losing two close games."
FOOTBALL: West Hernando Cougars are looking for Varsity Division players from the ages of 14-17 for the current season.
Practices take place at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. Registration fee is $175 that includes equipment, uniforms and participation in a four-month season.
For more information, contact Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
TENNIS: Nature Coast Tennis Foundation is holding a Mixed Doubles Social Night tomorrow night, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
The NCTF allows you to bring your own partner or they will match you up with someone when you arrive. Each player will throw in $5, and at the end of the night, the winning team will take home the pot. Please arrive a little early to get warmed up.
If you need a partner or have any other questions, please e-mail Cheryl at email@example.com.
BASEBALL: West Hernando Little League is holding fall registration from Thursday, Aug. 14-Saturday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 21-Saturday, Aug. 23.
Registration times on Thursdays and Fridays will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, WHLL representatives will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Returning players from last season will receive a commemorative WHLL pin with their registration on the dates from August 14-16.
Tee ball entry fees are $60 per player, and entry fees for all other divisions are $120 per player. Youths will have the opportunity to recoup their fees by selling raffle tickets provided by the league. A $30 volunteer deposit is also required at the time of registration.
MORE BASEBALL: West Florida Young Guns Under-14 club is looking for players. This is a traveling competitive ball club based out of Hudson. For tryout information, contact Chris Conner at (727) 919-8954.
AND MORE BASEBALL: Bombers Baseball U10 team is looking for players. This is a traveling team located in the Spring Hill/Hudson area. For information, contact Shawn Laferty (813) 267-8530 or Pete Sbashnig (352) 346-5336.
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