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  1. Hernando's Christian Arroyo told his mom he was headed to the majors, and she didn't believe him

    The Heater

    SAN FRANCISCO — Former Hernando High School baseball star Christian Arroyo's major-league debut didn't go so well — 0-for-4 in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday.

    Christian Arroyo was the 25th overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2013)]
  2. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (22-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Indian Rocks Christian, Friday vs. Inspiration Academy

    Hillsborough High pitcher Jarrod Cande (23) throws a pitch during the game between Hillsborough High and King High at King in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, March 2, 2017. King High defeated Hillsborough High 5-3.
  3. Springstead rallies to top rival Nature Coast 8-3

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    SPRING HILL — The key to Monday night's victory for Springstead, according to Eagles coach Shawn Laferty, was getting to the Nature Coast bullpen. Before the game was over, that seemed obvious.

    Springstead's (5) Joey Delgatto crosses home plate during Nature Coast at Springstead baseball Monday (4/24/17).
  4. Dunedin Classic: Host team reaches final with Bradenton Inspiration Academy

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    DUNEDIN — Making it to the final of its own talent-rich tournament was rewarding all by itself. How Dunedin did it makes the achievement even more impressive.

  5. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (19-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Carrollwood Day, Wednesday vs. St. Petersburg, Friday vs. Jesuit

    Area baseball teams are still scheduling tough games just weeks before the start of districts. (Will Vragovic, Times)
  6. Fennelly: One-handed pitcher Kevin Ewing a perfect inspiration

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It happens a lot when he pitches. And he loves it.

    Kevin Ewing laughs in the dugout with his teammates during a baseball game between Lakewood High and Inspiration Academy of Bradenton at Lake Vista Sports Complex in St. Petersburg on April 5, 2017. Ewing, who was born without his right hand, is the starting pitcher for the team.
  7. Long-standing Dunedin Spring Classic weathers changes

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    In 1969, Dunedin High baseball coach and athletic director Howard Godfrey decided to start a spring baseball tournament. Northeast, behind pitcher Nick Hockett, won the first ever Dunedin Spring Classic.

    Dunedin’s Alex Sexton and Boca Ciega’s Kaemic Brown may meet up in this year’s Dunedin Spring Classic, which begins Monday at Englebert Complex.
  8. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (17-0)

    This week: Tuesday vs. Brooks DeBartolo, Thursday at Dunedin

    BRANDON - Jesuit reliever Jeff Hakanson was nearly unhittable during the Saladino final against Alonso Friday night. Hakanson threw the final five innings, allowing two hits while striking out nine to earn the victory, 5-2. Taken 3-17-17 by Scott Purks
  9. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

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    1. Calvary Christian (13-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Berkeley Prep, Thursday at Countryside, Friday at Tampa Prep

    Matheu Nelson, right, is one of the top hitters for undefeated Calvary Christian. (Monica Herndon, Times)
  10. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Mariah Melendez and Keegan Galloway

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    Mariah Melendez, Sunlake

    The mound is where Melendez feels most comfortable on the softball field.

    St. Petersburg baseball player Keegan Galloway