CLEARWATER — Three weeks ago, Dunedin was in a funk with three straight losses, the final one by a run against district rival River Ridge.
Why we picked her: Defense has always been Palm Harbor University's strong suit, and this season was no different. The Hurricanes allowed just four goals during the regular season and were undefeated. Trouble was, the offense was not coming through. The inability to score resulted in five ties and dropped PHU to …
BRANDON — Plant's new season was much awaited. But before long, all the Panthers wanted to do was forget.
Saladino All-Tournament team
C Alejandro Martinez, Jr., Jefferson
1B Jake Bak, Jr., Plant
INF Kevin Merrell, Jr., Steinbrenner
INF Randy Oliva, Sr., Gaither
INF Logan Fernandez, So., Strawberry Crest
OF Donnell Taylor, Sr., King
OF Ryan Anderson, Sr., Brandon
NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge edged Land O'Lakes 8-7 Friday night as Devon Woodward scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Rocco Iervasi's slicing hit.
Why we picked her: Wagner was the most dangerous offensive threat on the North Suncoast's top team. The Mustangs were unbeaten until the region final, where they lost in overtime to the eventual state champ. Wagner started the season strong, earning two of the Mustangs' four goals against Fivay. She never let up …
ST. PETERSBURG — Since starting its softball program five years ago, Admiral Farragut has struggled to put together a playoff-contending team.
BRANDON — The mood in Jefferson's dugout was sleepy, and from the start of their Saladino Tournament semifinal against Strawberry Crest on Thursday, the Dragons' bats were, too.
WEEKI WACHEE — Nature Coast continued its North Suncoast dominance with a sweep of the boys and girls team titles Thursday at the Hornet Invitational.
Another recruiting allegation against Tampa Catholic, including an offer "too good to pass up," helped expand the Florida High School Athletic Association's ongoing formal investigation into the Crusaders athletic department.
BRANDON — Mark Moclair knew late in Wednesday's Saladino Tournament quarterfinal that he was in the midst of a special game.
BRANDON — The last time Alonso right-hander Alex Faedo took the mound in the Saladino Tournament, the then-lesser known prospect threw himself into the limelight with a tournament-record 17 strikeouts in a win against Plant City.
The underlying hum of the Saladino Baseball Tournament resonated in the air this week.
East Bay 5, Brooks DeBartolo 2 Plant 3, King 2
LAND O'LAKES — Fivay pitcher Sean Fluke's game plan Tuesday night against Class 5A, District 8 rival Land O'Lakes was pretty straightforward.
DADE CITY — Hernando won't scare anyone with its batting average. But when the Leopards do reach base, runners are in motion, balls get put in play, and the combination worked to staggering effect Tuesday night.
At University of Tampa
Freedom 9, Blake 5 Plant City 7, Riverview 0
Gaither 9, TBT 7 Leto 2, Bloomingdale 1
King 7, East Bay 3
Plant 14, Brooks DeBartolo 2 (six innings)
Steinbrenner 13, Spoto 1
Brandon 8, Hillsborough 1
Pitchers of the day
LITHIA — Gaither leftfielder Tyler Tyson began a game against Bloomingdale on Day 2 of Saladino Tournament pool play at Newsome with a triple to deep rightfield.