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State tournaments begin on road to Little League World Series

Florida championship tournaments kick off this weekend in baseball and softball.

In the Majors (11-12) Softball state tournament at Union Park Little League, east of Orlando, Bloomingdale lost its opener to Keystone 3-2. Keystone scored the winning run in walkoff fashion in the sixth.

Bloomingdale got great efforts on the mound from starter Mary Beth Selman, who went four innings, and reliever Sloan Hammons, who went the final two. Catcher Anna McQuilken-Perez saved runs by making some athletic stops on low pitches.

The hitting standout for Bloomingdale was Kayla McDermott, who knocked in her team's first run with a slap single in the second inning. Bloomingdale faces Viera/Suntree today as pool play continues.

"The girls played very well (Friday)," Bloomingdale coach Mike McDermott said. "Keystone is a very talented team, and we fought hard in a close game."

Citrus Park beat Land O'Lakes 9-6 in Minors (10-11) Softball at DeBary LL, north of Orlando. Both teams face Lehigh Acres today, Citrus Park at 10 a.m. and Land O'Lakes at 2 p.m.

Land O'Lakes faced Pinellas Park in a late game in Minor (9-10) Softball at Viera/Suntree near Miami.

DIZZY DEAN: Northwest Youth Baseball (14 & under) All-Stars qualified for the World Series in Southaven, Miss., this week after winning state.

Named for the Hall of Fame pitcher, the youth baseball and softball organization includes leagues all around the southeast.

The St. Petersburg program won its first four games, outscoring opponents 38-10. Northwest defeated top seed Jefferson Parish (La.) in Wednesday's final.

The team was led by Prestin Kremer, a sophomore at Osceola, who struck out 10 batters and only gave up three hits in the final. He also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and was named the series' most valuable player.

Over the week, Kremer tossed 131/3 innings, striking out 21 and only walking one.

State tournaments begin on road to Little League World Series 07/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:18am]
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