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  • Region softball: Canterbury 15, Orlando Faith Christian 0

    ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury continued its postseason dominance Friday with a 15-0, four-inning win over Orlando Faith Christian in the Class 2A region final. The Crusaders pounded out 12 hits, including three home runs, and scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to put the game away. In its last ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: Boca Ciega 2, Lemon Bay 0

    GULFPORT — A 5-10 regular season that included as many mercy-rule losses as victories didn’t exactly scream deep postseason run for Boca Ciega. And that’s why Friday was so surreal. Riding the arm of sophomore Caylie VanAuken, the Pirates (10-10) defeated Lemon Bay 2-0 for the school’s first trip to ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 7:46 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region softball: Boca Ciega 6, Robinson 2

    Region softball: Boca Ciega 6, Robinson 2 GULFPORT — Boca Ciega scored three runs in the fifth inning Thursday and used a strong outing from starting pitcher Caylie VanAuken to earn a 6-2 win over Robinson in the Class 5A region semifinal. Boca Ciega will host Lemon Bay today at 4 p.m. The Pirates (8-12) led 2-0 ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 12:04 a.m. | Corey Long

  • Region baseball: Lakewood 8, Jesuit 6

    TAMPA — At Raymond Stadium James Stadium, thousands of football fans were  not surprised when the Bucs made quarterback Jameis Winston the first pick in the NFL draft. The shocker came a mile away at Jesuit, where Lakewood stunned the defending state champion Tigers 8-6 Thursday night in a Class ...
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    Fri. May 01, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. | Don Jensen

  • Region baseball: Class 3A roundup

    Bishop McLaughlin 10, Winter Haven All Saints’ 0 (5 innings): The host Hurricanes were dominant in the opening round of the Class 3A region tournament. Nate Pearson pitched four no-hit innings and struck out eight. Franklin German pitched the final inning and struck out all three hitters he faced to ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:50 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Region baseball: Class 2A roundup

    Bayshore Christian 8, Keswick Christian 4: The Faith Warriors started another playoff push by taking advantage of a quick start to beat the Crusaders. Bayshore went up 7-3 in the fourth inning, more than enough of a cushion to hold on for the win. David Santiago and Evan Holland combined ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 11:41 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Region baseball: Lakewood Ranch 6, Northeast 1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Come playoff time, execution can spell the difference between advancing and packing up your equipment. Pulling off the little things, and a couple big blasts, helped Lakewood Ranch down Northeast 6-1 in Thursday’s Class 7A region quarterfinal. The Mustangs (18-10) move on to face fellow District 10 ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. | Chuck Frye

  • Region baseball: Dunedin 2, Central 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Central came into Thursday night’s Class 5A region quarterfinal as one of the hottest teams in the Tampa Bay area. The stellar pitching of Dunedin’s Colton Widdows cooled the Bears off as the Falcons emerged with a 2-0 victory. “I just kept throwing strikes and let the defense ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region baseball: Robinson 8, Boca Ciega 0

    Region baseball: Robinson 8, Boca Ciega 0 ST. PETERSBURG— For much of the season, Boca Ciega and Robinson relied on the same style to win games. Both teams leaned on their pitching and defense and hoped to score enough runs to win. In Thursday’s Class 5A region quarterfinal, that strategy worked for Robinson and failed for Boca ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 8:25 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Baseball: Lakewood's Donovan Pink commits to USF

    Lakewood infielder/pitcher Donovan Pink has committed to play baseball at USF. Pink has been a member of the Lakewood varsity since his freshman year. This season, Pink is hitting .529 in 27 games with six home runs and 30 RBIs. In the past two seasons, Pink has hit 10 home ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region baseball: Hillsborough 4, Osceola 1

    SEMINOLE — Hillsborough could not have scripted its Class 6A region quarterfinal any better. Terriers’ starting pitcher Jared Jensen threw a complete-game three-hitter, Hillsborough’s defense played error free and it came up with just enough offense to defeat Osceola 4-1 Wednesday night. “Jared wants to pitch in these situations,” Hillsborough ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Region softball: River Ridge 11, Tarpon Springs 2

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Tarpon Springs tried three pitchers against River Ridge, but the Knights were effective against all comers Wednesday. River Ridge rode resurgent pitching by senior Makenzie Goluba and a four-RBI night by Kylie Randolph to an 11-2 victory in the Class 5A region semifinals. The Knights (19-7) ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. | Darek Sharp

  • Region softball: Newsome 9, Palm Harbor University 4

    PALM HARBOR — Newsome’s mantra throughout its playoff run has been pitching and defense. That is what helped the Wolves make the postseason for the first time since 2009 and win their first region quarterfinal since 2008. But for Newsome to take the next step, it had to rely on ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line

    HomeTeam Huddle: Northside Christian beefs up line ST. PETERSBURG — It should be a lot harder to get to quarterback Griffin Alstott next season.  Northside Christian  could have one of the bigger offensive lines in Class 2A, District 6. Aside from 6-foot-5, 305-pound Notre Dame commit Dillan Gibbons, the line has added 6-foot-5, 255-pound Tyler Knight, a ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 8:32 p.m. | Rodney Page and Bob Putnam

  • Region softball: Admiral Farragut 5, Northside Christian 2

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Admiral Farragut and Northside Christian met in the district final, the Mustangs scored early and got solid pitching. The opposite happened in Wednesday’s Class 3A region semifinal. The Blue Jackets jumped on Northside Christian starting pitcher Jordyn Counts in the first inning, and AFA pitcher Corynn ...
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    Wed. April 29, 2015 at 6:37 p.m. | Rodney Page

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