John C. Cotey's Top 10 Ranking the best of the bay area from the past week.
1. Baseball season
Hi there. Yeah, yeah, I know. I've been spending too much time with basketball season. Let me explain. You see, four teams … What? You don't care? Oh, don't be angry. Come on, I apologize. I'm all yours now. Tell me how you've been.
2. Taylor Layner
The Osceola sophomore comes in a little package — he's 5-foot-6 — but he is emerging as one of Tampa Bay's top baseball players. Friday, he threw a no-hitter (10-0 over Dixie Hollins) to raise his record to 3-0 and missed a perfect game because one guy reached on a dropped third strike. Oh, and he hit his fifth triple this season for the 9-1 Warriors.
3. 12-0 … not
The Pasco softball team started the season 11-0 for the second straight season. And for the second straight season, the Pirates couldn't make it to 12-0, as Zephyrhill's Brandy Welch delivered a bases-loaded double to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win in one of the area's best rivalries. Said Welch of Pasco stud pitcher Colena Lazar: "I just wanted to hit her, she was making me mad."
4. Zach Sobel
The Palm Harbor University second baseman is more known for his golfing exploits, but he delivered the winning hit with two outs in the ninth inning to beat rival Dunedin 3-2 during the past week. He was going to use a driver but went with a nice little wedge instead for the winner.
5. Dunedin baseball
The Falcons bounced back from the loss to Palm Harbor by beating East Lake 6-2 Friday night, throwing their district into complete turmoil. We love it.
6. Jesuit baseball
Middleton scores seven in the fifth inning to take a big lead. The Tigers (now 11-0) come back with 14 in the bottom of the inning. Take that! Oh, and after beating Plant and seeing Brandon lose, is there any doubt who the best team in Tampa Bay is?
7. Chamberlain softball
14. 15. 18. 14. 18. 16. Yeah, these Chiefs sure can score some runs.
8. Samantha Dittman
The Sunlake softball standout has cooled off, but her homer into a nearby lake christened it as Dittman's Cove. (Willie McCovey just called — he's jealous).
The season is over, but wow, how about the King, Clearwater, Tampa Prep and Springstead boys, and the Bogie and Tampa Catholic girls? Now, stop hogging all the high school sports coverage, will ya.
10. Billy Turner
We never got a chance to say goodbye to the longtime Chamberlain football coach and one of our favorites. So, um, yeah, goodbye.
John C. Cotey can be reached at john firstname.lastname@example.org.