The Spring Hill National All-Stars faced long odds heading into the second Dixie Machine-Pitch Double-A Rookie World Series.
Until the state tournament last month, the club (ages 8 and under) had only played in the kid-pitch format during the regular season and district. But the group came together and completed a great summer, winning the World Series.
Spring Hill National (7-0, 18-2 overall) outlasted a 12-team field in Little River, S.C.
Nicknamed Team Transformer, Spring Hill dominated its competition from other Southern states, including a 16-6 run-rule victory over Union, S.C., in the championship game. The offensive outburst was led by Jacob Barnum, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. In the tournament, Barnum hit an amazing .818, going 18-for-22 with 13 RBI and 13 runs scored.
The victory was only Hernando County's fifth Dixie World Series title, including three in the past two years. The 2000 Hernando Youth League Majors (ages 16-19) and 1983 HYL Majors won the previous two.
Members of Spring Hill National include: Barnum, Zach Hotop, Raymond Groetsch, Brady McMurdo, Cameron Najuch, Travis Clark, Tristan King, Jayden Warren, Jackson Hoyt, Ethan Bergantino, Brandon Higgins and Peyton Jackson. John McMurdo is the team's manager.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GOLF: The Support Our Troops Golf Outing, sponsored by the Wellington Tuesday Golf League and the Wellington Veterans Club, will be at Silverthorn Country Club, south of Brooksville, on Sept. 22.
The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m., but entrants must arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. The rain date is Sept. 29.
There will be a chance to win a golf cart for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. A free round of golf will be awarded for closest to the pin on the fifth, eighth, 11th and 15th holes, as well as closest to the crooked line on the fourth and 10th holes.
There will be an all-you-can-eat pizza lunch at the Wellington at Seven Hills in Spring Hill from 1 to 3 p.m. A complimentary keg of beer, wine and soda also will be available. The entry fee is $40 per person, which includes golf and lunch. If someone would like to join for lunch only, the fee is $15.
Proceeds will support Fisher House of Tampa, a residence for the families of patients receiving medical care at James A. Haley VA Medical Center.
For information, contact Chuck Kirst at (352) 688-9146 or email@example.com.
PHSC VOLLEYBALL DUO SIGNS: Two Pasco-Hernando State College volleyball standouts have signed letters of intent to continue their collegiate careers at Chicago State University.
Logan Miller, the team captain of the Conquistadors last season, was an NJCAA All-American. She led the team in kills with 502, while averaging 3.32 kills per set. Melina Staengle recorded 314 kills, 372 digs and 33 service aces. She was named an NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Week during the 2014-15 season.
"I am so proud of both of these young ladies," said volleyball coach Kim Whitney. "They have worked so hard and are truly passionate about the game."
YMCA RUN TO REMEMBER: The Hernando County Family YMCA is hosting its annual Run to Remember, a 5K memorial run and 1-mile walk, on Sept. 12.
In remembrance of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the event will start at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served after the race.
The YMCA, at 1300 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill, will be the starting point. There is no fee, with the run and walk both open to the public. Runners may purchase a Run to Remember T-shirt for $7 at the front desk of the Y or at ymcasuncoast.org/runtoremember.
For information, call (352) 688-9622.
WEST HERNANDO LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION: West Hernando Little League will hold sign-ups for its fall season from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, as well as from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, at the league's complex on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill.
Registration is for children ages 4 to 18. Information about fees and 24-hour-a-day sign-ups are available at eteamz.com/whlittleleague. Youths between the ages of 7 and 18 will need to attend skills evaluations at the park in September.
For information, call (352) 232-4671.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF PARTY: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will have its annual College Football Kickoff Party on Aug. 29 at the Jerome Brown Community Center.
Running from 6 to 10 p.m., the event will feature a barbecue dinner, cornhole games, a television raffle, a 50-50 drawing, music, refreshments and door prizes. Patrons are invited to wear their favorite college football team's colors.
The entry fee of $15 per person covers the dinner and Pepsi products. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Children Inc.
For information, call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830.
HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer firearms safety classes during the coming months.
The next class dates is Sept. 2. A special "ladies only" class will be Sept. 19.
All classes will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hernando Sportsman's Club on 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
This is an introductory orientation for new shooters. It will include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment will be provided, including the use of a .22-caliber firearm, ammunition, earplugs and eye protection.
The fee is $60, and completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Preregistration is required.
Registration for the classes can be completed by calling (352) 597-9931.
For information about the club, visit hernandosportsmansclub.com or Hernando Sportsman's Club on Facebook.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.