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Miller powers Jefferson to 9-2 record

Published Mar. 19, 1991|Updated Oct. 13, 2005

Scotty Miller was just another name on the Jefferson baseball roster his sophomore season. Miller was unimpressive as a sophomore, according to Dragon baseball coach Pop Cuesta, and his junior year was spotty, but his senior year so far has caught the attention of many _ especially opposing pitchers and college scouts.

In Jefferson's four games last week, Miller got five hits in 11 at bats, including two home runs and a double, with five RBI and seven runs scored. The hitting spree brought his season average up to .423.

Miller's bat strength helped increase Jefferson's record to 9-2 with a 6-4 win over Chamberlain, a 6-1 win over Bloomingdale and a 9-2 win over Gaither before dropping a 3-2 game to Plant City.

One of his home runs started a four-run rally against Chamberlain in the bottom of the sixth with the Dragons trailing 4-2.

Miller's four-game effort was the Hillsborough County high school athletic Performance of the Week.

"His home run against Bloomingdale was quite impressive," Cuesta said. "The ball cleared the field high over the top of the 75-foot lights and away. It was quite a blast. He has been hitting the ball well all year, though. Last week was just an exceptionally good week."

Honorable mention

Jody Boone, Bloomingdale softball: Boone, a senior pitcher for the 8-1 Bulls, hit an inside-the-park two-run homer in Bloomingdale's 18-0 victory over Hillsborough last week.

She also pitched one-hit ball for four innings in the win.

Teammate first baseman Debbie Berry went 3-for-3 with two triples and four RBI.

Bloomingdale is currently ranked fourth in the state in Class 4A.

Bruce Thompson, Brandon baseball: In four games last week Thompson, Brandon's senior centerfielder, was 6-for-14 with two home runs, a double and three RBI. He also scored three runs.

Ryan Dedman, Gaither baseball: Dedman, a senior first baseman for the Cowboys, was 7-for-10 in four games last week with three doubles and three RBI.

He also scored four runs and stole two bases. For the season he is hitting .536 with 12 RBI.

Peggy Armand, Leto girls track: Armand paced the Falcons' tri-meet victory over Brandon and Gaither last week with victories in the high jump, discus, 110-meter hurdles and 330-meter hurdles.

Her 64-second split time on the third leg of the mile relay brought Leto from last to first.

Jeff Dixon, Plant City baseball: The Raider pitcher struck out eight and walked just one in a 2-0 no-hitter victory over East Bay last week.

Indian pitcher Jason Dearth matched his no-hitter, but was tagged with the loss after giving up two unearned runs.

"This is the first no-hitter we've had in my five years at Plant City," Raider coach Mike Wyatt said.

Lucky Smart, Brandon boys track: Smart ran a 51.3 440 in the Eagles' victory over Gaither and Leto in a tri-meet last week.

It was the fastest recorded 440 in Hillsborough County this season.

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