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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:

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]
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