Friday, November 17, 2017

District softball: Bishop McLaughlin wins on inside-the-park homer


Bishop McLaughlin star Spencer Valdespino's inside-the-park, walk-off home run rescued her team after its late collapse and lifted the Hurricanes past Tampa Prep, 10-9 in Tuesday's Class 3A, District 8 semifinal. Bishop (12-14) will host Seffner Christian in Thursday's 5 p.m. final.

"Oh my gosh…" Hurricanes coach John Yaratch said.

Bishop led 9-2 in the fifth inning before, Yaratch said, his team "kind of imploded."

Tampa Prep scored two runs on errors, poor Bishop decisions and some timely hits in the sixth. The Terps tacked on five more runs in the seventh to tie the score.

That was when Valdespino, a Nicholls State soccer signee, stepped up to the plate with two outs. The senior outfielder blasted a pitch deep and sped around the bases for her second inside-the-park homer of the night.

"Just an awesome night for her," Yaratch said of Valdespino, who also had two singles. "Thank goodness for her because she pulled it out for us."

Brooke Baptiste also had a homer for Bishop, and pitcher Kelsey Butler had eight strikeouts on the mound and finished 3-for-4 at the plate.

Hernando Christian rolls

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando Christian was looking to reach the state playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, a run that has included eight district titles.

The Lions had no trouble getting there in Tuesday's 2A-4 semifinals against Seven Rivers Christian, winning 8-0 after outscoring the Warriors 21-6 over their previous two meetings this year.

HCA ace Ashley McKay continued her dominant season by tossing a shutout, her third of the season.

Seven Rivers (2-14) was overwhelmed early by the Lions' bats. McKay, Holly Field and Briana Hogan pounded the ball to lead HCA (15-5) to the large advantage.

Academy at the Lakes (12-4) had a bye in the three-team district and face the Lions in Thursday's final.

Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent


Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 7 minutes ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 14 minutes ago

Region football: Naples 24, Largo 0

NAPLES — In a game between two teams that had never met with a lot on the line, the Naples defense came up with one of its best efforts against Largo on Friday night.The Golden Eagles limited the Packers to 117 yards of offense in a 24-0 triumph in t...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Region football: Lakeland 52, Wiregrass Ranch 0

LAKELAND — It has been a historic season for the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls football team, which made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, won its most games ever and experienced its first playoff victory.If this were a movie, the final sce...
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosXfinity: Ford EcoBoost 300 qualifying11 a.m.CNBCXfinity: Ford EcoBoost 3003:30 p.m.NBCSNCollege basketballMaryland-Eastern Shore at GeorgetownnoonFox SunBucknell at Maryland8:30 p.m.Big TenGolfPGA Europe: Tour Championship2:30 a.m.GolfPGA: ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Spurs rally from 23 down to snap Thunder’s streak

Spurs rally from 23 down to snap Thunder’s streak

SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and the Spurs overcame a 23-point deficit to beat the Thunder 104-101 on Friday night. Danny Green added 17 points and Pau Gasol had 14 to help San Antonio end Oklahoma City’s three-game winning streak. A...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FSU men roll in basketball; Florida beats USF in NCAA women’s soccer

FSU men roll in basketball; Florida beats USF in NCAA women’s soccer

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Freshman reserve Mfiondu Kabengele scored 15, Terance Mann added 14 on 7-of-9 shooting and Florida State rolled to a 67-43 win over Fordham in the Jamaica Classic on Friday night. The Seminoles held the Rams to 23 percent shoot...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Blue Jackets blank Rangers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves for his 21st career shutout and Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin scored in the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Friday. New York ran into a hot goalie in Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trop...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sports in brief

AUTOSDANICA TO END CAREER AFTER INDY 500HOMESTEAD — Danica Patrick broke down in tears Friday as she announced she will retire from full-time racing next year after running the Daytona 500 then the Indianapolis 500, closing her career at the storied ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: DB Vernon Hargreaves will miss Sunday’s game with hamstring injury

Bucs journal: DB Vernon Hargreaves will miss Sunday’s game with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs will play Sunday against the Dolphins without Vernon Hargreaves, who has been their nickel defensive back the past two games.Hargreaves, the 2016 first-round pick out of Florida and a former Wharton High standout, has been ruled out ...
Updated: 1 hour ago