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West Hernando Little League finds midseason success

West Hernando Little League is used to winning tournament titles. Over the past year, the local youth baseball organization has won three District 15 Top Team crowns and four District 15 All-Star Team titles.

WHLL continued that success in district tournament play by competing in the midseason district tournaments held at Freedom Field in Spring Hill, where the AAA Cubs emerged from a difficult field with the first place trophy. Another WHLL AAA-Division squad, the Yankees, was the team that faced the Cubs, making it a no-lose situation for West Hernando.

In the Majors-Division, the WHLL Yankees made it to the semifinals before falling short.

The tournaments, which were held with teams from the Majors, AAA and Softball divisions, included 54 baseball teams from around the district and 23 softball squads. There were teams from Central Citrus, Crystal River, Dunnellon, Greater Hudson, Inverness and Lady Lake.

Greater Hudson won the Majors Blue/Gold Division with Lady Lake winning the Majors Red/White Division. Lady Lake also took first place in the AAA Blue/Gold Division to join West Hernando's Red/White title in AAA.

In softball, Inverness took the AAA title with Dunnellon winning in the Majors bracket.

Brooksville Bombers: The fireworks of the Brooksville Bombers season haven't yet stopped.

One week after sweeping a pair of games while playing at Tropicana Field, Brooksville (24-12) found themselves in the middle of the biggest tournament of the season, the Slug-A-Rama AAU Tournament in Tampa.

The event held great meaning in a few ways. The Bombers had an opportunity to clinch the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship and a solid showing could maintain their No. 1 ranking in the state and clinch the top-seed in the upcoming AAU State Championships. Last, with a tournament victory, Brooksville could clinch a spot in the AAU National Championships this summer.

Brooksville went 1-1 in pool play Saturday, losing 4-2 to the West Florida Young Guns. The loss placed the Bombers in the loser's bracket for Sunday's big tournament. If they were to win the event, they'd need to sweep the remainder of the contests.

On Sunday, Brooksville dominated in mercy-rule victories over the Plant City Spurs and Tampa Blades. The two wins put them in the semifinals against No. 2-ranked Tampa Pirates, a make-or-break match up for both squads.

The Bombers won 6-1, with starting pitcher Steven Beach throwing a complete game three-hitter and striking out two through 60 pitches.

In the championship game, Brooksville met the West Orange Wolves. The game went back and forth with explosive hitting in the first few innings, but thanks to the relief efforts of J.P. Gates (2.2 innings, no earned runs, two hits) and Derek Ordaz (two innings, no earned runs, one hit, two strikeouts), the Bombers squeaked out an 8-7 victory for the title.

The Bombers are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and will travel to the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando in July for the AAU National Championships.

Lady Eagles Flea Market: The Springstead Eagles girls' basketball team will hold a flea market May 3 from 8 to 2 p.m. in the Springstead Theatre parking lot on Mariner Blvd. Spaces are available for $10 each. Vendors must supply their own tables, and set up will begin at 6:30 a.m. There will also be a carwash and snack bar at the event. To reserve a space, call Greg at (352) 683-3528. All profits from the flea market will be used to offset the cost for team camp this summer.

West Hernando Little League finds midseason success 04/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:54am]
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