Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Snapshots of a soaked baseball, softball season

East Bay’s Kayla Cox has 120 strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run in 63 innings this season.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

East Bay’s Kayla Cox has 120 strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run in 63 innings this season.

Thanks to Friday's swath of precipitation, our live coverage of local baseball and softball action has been mired in a rain delay. Initially, we planned to bring you reports from Newsome-Plant City softball as well as Riverview-Plant and Bloomingdale-Brandon baseball. Since those games were put on hold, we pre-empt our game stories with a hodgepodge of these numerical highlights from the 2010 baseball/softball seasons to this point:

Related News/Archive

0 Earned runs allowed in 63 innings by East Bay softball senior Kayla Cox, who has fanned 120 batters. What makes this number even more astounding? Cox didn't pitch extensively in the fall and summer because she was battling tendinitis in her pitching arm. "I'm a little surprised, yes, because of the actual (offseason) work she got and the arm problem she had, but she's capable of doing it," Indians coach Glenn Rodriguez said. "I think she's a smarter pitcher this year. She's learning with two strikes where to put the ball instead of putting the ball over the plate."

.656 Brandon senior CF James Ramsay's on-base percentage. Ramsay, the Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year as a sophomore, seems fully recovered from an ACL injury that took most of his junior season. He has moved around in the order — leadoff, second and third — but hit everywhere. He's batting .522 and drawing eight walks. His return, as well as that of C Roderick Shoulders (who missed last season with a labrum tear), are two main reasons Brandon is averaging eight runs a game.

42.8 Percentage of Plant City's K'Shawn Smith's hits (seven) that are home runs (three). Smith, hitting .304 (7-for-23), leads the county in homers for a 4-3 Raiders team that has impressive wins over Plant and Armwood.

0.70 Staff ERA of Tampa Catholic's baseball pitchers, who have allowed more than five runs just once this season. Five hurlers have earned wins for the Crusaders. The staff is led by a nice lefty-righty combo, senior right-hander Adam Sproat, who in four appearances owns a 1.14 ERA in 12.1 innings of work, and senior lefty T.J. Owen (1.91 ERA), who has 16 strikeouts in 11 innings.

9 Runs allowed by Tampa Catholic's softball team in its loss Tuesday to St. Petersburg Catholic, equaling the total number of runs the Crusaders had surrendered in their previous nine contests. "Three years in a row I picked (TC) to win the district and they haven't done it," Barons coach Tommy Fabian said after Tuesday's game. "Three years in a row. …They come to (play) us, and I don't know what it is."

4 Games many baseball teams must play next week, as a result of Friday's rained-out public school games being moved to Monday. Brandon must play three district teams in four days: Bloomingdale (Monday), Plant (Tuesday) and Alonso (Thursday). Bloomingdale, which is off to a 6-1 start, will face district heavyweights Brandon and Alonso back to back Monday and Tuesday. That will force Bulls coach Kris Wilken to juggle his staff and figure out how to use Steven Burnham, who has excelled in relief. "It's extremely tough going back to back," Wilken said. "But I think we might have gotten the better end of the draw than others. At least we play Friday instead of Thursday."

4 Homers in 12 games by Gaither softball senior Kristen McGrath, which ranks third in the state and first in the bay area. McGrath, who has 24 RBIs and five doubles, owns a .976 slugging percentage.

Snapshots of a soaked baseball, softball season 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 8:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Major-league bullpens get stretched as starters take a seat

    The Heater

    Mike Marshall led the majors in appearances in 1973, with 92 for the Montreal Expos. The next spring, having joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Marshall met his new manager, Walter Alston.

  2. Bucs get first new video director in 29 years

    Blogs

    When the Bucs took to the practice field this week to start OTA practices, they did so with a new video director for the first time in 29 years.

    Bucs video director Dave Levy, shown during the 2003 season, worked under nine different head coaches in 29 seasons working for Tampa Bay.
  3. Rays set to activate Tommy Hunter from DL

    Blogs

    The Rays plan to activate RHP Tommy Hunter from the DL for Thursday's series finale against the Angels.

  4. Steven Souza Jr. snaps out of slump as Rays defeat Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — After Tuesday's shutout loss to the Angels, Steven Souza Jr. stood in front of his locker and talked about his need to contribute to the offense.

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) hugs right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) in the dugout after his two run home run in the second inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
  5. Tom Jones: Rays made right move sending Blake Snell to minors

    The Heater

    tom jones' two cents

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Blake Snell’s struggles on the mound were only one of the reasons the Rays sent him to the minors; some other red flags existed. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]