South Brandon earned a spot in the Southeast Region tournament for Little League Majors (ages 11-12) after defeating Bayshore 9-1 in Sunday's state championship game in Fort Myers. South Brandon advances to the regional in Warner Robins, Ga., beginning Saturday, in the final step before the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Placed in separate pools, the two Hillsborough teams battled to the championship game. While Bayshore had an unblemished run to the final, South Brandon needed a tiebreaker over Southwestern Port St. Lucie and Winter Garden to advance. South Brandon allowed seven runs in its first three games, while Port St. Lucie (eight) and Winter Garden (10) allowed more.
LITTLE LEAGUE SENIORS: Greater Largo (7-0, 4-0) continued its unbeaten march by upending Union Park 8-2 on Sunday in the Little League Seniors (15-16) state championship in Cocoa. The Pinellas County squad earned a berth in the Southeast Region Tournament in Parrish this weekend.
LITTLE LEAGUE MINORS SOFTBALL: Citrus Park was eliminated from the Little League Southeast Region Tournament of Champions in Clarksville, Tenn. After dropping their first game to Georgia 2-0, Citrus Park defeated Virginia in the consolation bracket 9-4. Florida scored four runs on seven hits in the top of the second with Ashley Mantei driving in two runs and Belle Sardja and Robyn Herron picking up one RBI each. Ava Durham also had an RBI in the third inning with Herron and Gabi Torres recording RBIs in the sixth. This win set up a rematch with Georgia on Sunday, but Citrus Park lost 11-0.
DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL: Northwest All-Stars, based out of Pinellas, reached the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series in Southaven, Miss., with their 8-under and 10-under teams. Northwest 8-under was eliminated from pool play with a 5-2 record, while the 10-under club continues its run. The 10-under team has outscored opponents 40-2 in three games to advance through bracket play. Starting today, Northwest will square off against three other teams with a chance to win the entire tournament.
DIXIE SOFTBALL: Wesley Chapel (5-6) was eliminated from the Dixie Sweetees Softball World Series in Bay St. Louis, Miss., after losing to Tennessee 25-4 on Saturday.