The Clearwater Lady Bombers 14-and-under team captured the National Softball Association state fast-pitch title this past weekend in Tampa, outscoring opponents 52-15 in five games.
Six of those 15 runs caused incredible worry, though. In the championship game against the Sarasota Magic, the Bombers found themselves behind 6-2 and needing a third out in the top of the third inning.
Tracy Carlson, who usually platoons at second base, came in as a pitcher to relieve Kasey Dowd. Carlson got the out and did not allow Sarasota to score again.
Seizing the momentum, the Bombers answered in the bottom of the third with seven runs before winning 14-6.
In the game before, also against the Magic, the Bombers came from behind, but not until the bottom of the last inning. The 5-4 victory followed three earlier wins of 16-1, 7-2 and 10-2.
Pitcher Amanda Kendall was 3-0 on the weekend, and Dana Vickery went 8-for-12 at the plate with three RBI.
CCC names coach: Jeff Powers was named the girls basketball coach at Clearwater Central Catholic on Monday afternoon. He had been an assistant junior varsity coach at Dunedin.
PAL doubleheader: The St. Petersburg Police Athletic League's 9-0 baseball team plays a doubleheader today at Busch Complex against Jacksonville starting at noon.
Hooker, Herring-Kelly star: Two area athletes earned high places at the 22nd annual Keebler International Prep Track and Field Invitational held Saturday at York High School in Chicago.
Northeast graduate Jackie Hooker took first in the discus with a throw of 152 feet, 9 inches, winning by nearly 10 feet. St. Petersburg High graduate Sabrina Herring-Kelly placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.83. Passion Richardson of Berea, Ohio, won in 11.75.
The elite eventattracted 250 athletes from 44 states and seven countries.