Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two area Little League teams vying for state crown in Lutz

In addition to the four Little League clubs that qualified for this weekend's region tournaments, two other teams are competing in the Florida Little League Majors (11-12) Baseball State Championship in Lutz.

The tournament serves as a stepping stone to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. If Greater Dunedin or Plant City can survive the field this weekend, they will advance to the Southeast Regional in Warner Robins, Ga.

Plant City won the state title last season and went 2-2 at the regional tournament, finishing 12-3 overall during the postseason. The current Plant City squad is 7-0, sweeping its way to district and sectional titles while outscoring opponents 80-15.

Greater Dunedin (7-0) has also done well this postseason, going undefeated in both section and district play. The Pinellas County squad edged Bayshore 13-8 in its sectional final to reach state.

Majors (11-12) Baseball

What: State championship

Where: Oscar Cooler Park, Lutz

When: Today-Monday

Teams: Plant City, Greater Dunedin, Northwest Leon, North Springs, Orange National, Martin County North, Sarasota American, Deltona

Defending champion: Plant City

Game 1: 5 p.m. today: Greater Dunedin vs. Plant City

Minors (9-10) Baseball Tournament of Champions

What: Southwest Regional

Where: Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va.

When: Saturday–Wednesday

Teams: Tampa Keystone (Florida), Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

2012 champion: North Springs (Florida)

Game 1: 5 p.m. Saturday, Florida vs. Alabama

Minors (9-10) Softball Tournament of Champions

What: Southwest Region

Where: Luray, Va.

When: Today-Tuesday

Teams: Tampa Keystone (Florida), Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

2012 champion: Land O'Lakes (Florida)

Game 1: 11 a.m. today, Florida vs. Alabama

Majors (11-12) Softball Championship

What: Southwest Region

Where: Warner Robins, Ga.

When: Thurday-Monday

Teams: Keystone (Florida), Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

2012 champion: Windermere (Florida)

Thursday's result: Florida 3, North Carolina 1

Game 2: 1 p.m. today, Florida vs. South Carolina

Juniors (13-14) Softball Championship

What: Southwest Region

Where: Fort Myers

When: Today-Wednesday

Teams: South Tampa (Florida), North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama

Defending champion: Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay (South Tampa)

Game 1: 10 a.m. Saturday, Florida vs. North Carolina

Two area Little League teams vying for state crown in Lutz 07/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
  2. Rays vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Cubs

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings (15 hits, 11 runs, seven innings), so Tuesday was a reassuring rebound.

  4. At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.

    Lightning 6-foot-8 defenseman Oleg Sosunov competes in the preseason opener. Phil Esposito jokes that Sosunov can reach the ceiling at Amalie Arena.
  5. Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Kevin Cash (L) of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on September 17, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) 700012494