Sports notebook: Springstead softball maintains top ranking

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead’s softball has been holding down the top spot in the Miracle Sports state softball rankings for Class 6A, and the Lady Eagles looked the part in two shutout district wins this past week.
On Tuesday, Springstead (16-1 overall, 7-1 6A-District 6) defeated Citrus, 7-0. Delaney Woodall went 2-for-4 with a run and two runs batted in, while Kayla Cruz and Kama Woodall each were 2-for-4 with one RBI. Paige Pfent was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Kama Woodall, who also doubled, threw a 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
The Lady Eagles recorded a 12-0 triumph over Weeki Wachee on Friday, behind Cruz going 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run and five RBI. Pfent finished 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI, and Emily Kolwicz was 3-for-3 with three run and one RBI. Cruz tossed a complete game, giving up two hits and striking out nine over five innings.
Hernando pulled off a huge win on Thursday night, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to upset Nature Coast, 3-2. Josey Sims went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Ali Bronson and Janea Mobley each drove in a run for the Lady Leopards (11-7 overall, 7-1 5A-7).
One night earlier, Hernando beat Zephyrhills, 8-2. Kaylee Frascatore ended up 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Mobley plated two runs and Ali Shenefield struck out nine in seven innings while going 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Nature Coast (13-4 overall, 8-1 5A-7), ranked seventh in the 5A state poll this week, won 16-0 over Ridgewood on Tuesday. Jailene Gonzalez and Alyssa Kelly had three RBI apiece, and Abby Marshall ended up 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Needing just three innings for a complete game, Abbey Primavera yielded a hit and struck out six.
St. Petersburg-Canterbury beat the Lady Sharks on Wednesday, 3-2, despite Marshall driving in two and Chayse Skinner going 2-for-4 with a run.
In baseball, Springstead (15-2 overall, 6-1 6A-6) needed eight innings to knock off Citrus, 12-7, on Tuesday. Johnny Oliveira hit two homers, Kevin Tomas went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI, and Joey Delgatto was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and a RBI.
Following a 19-0 thumping of Hernando on Thursday, the Eagles defeated Lecanto on Friday, 7-0, as Oliveira was 2-for-3, smashing two home runs and five RBI. Delgatto added a solo shot.
The Leopards (9-5 overall, 6-1 5A-7) had defeated Central on Tuesday, 13-6, behind Anthony Urso going 3-for-5 with a run and four RBI. Dalton Black and Logan Flood each plated two runs. Justin Chevalier was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI for the Bears (8-7). Chevalier also had two hits, including a double, to go with two RBI in a 6-4 loss to Ridgewood on Thursday.
Nature Coast (9-4 overall, 5-2 5A-7) posted two wins, 6-4 over Land O’ Lakes on Wednesday and 8-1 at Fivay on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Nature Coast boys and girls track and field squads captured first place in their home Nature Coast Shark Classic. The boys scored 231.33 points and the Lady Sharks totaled 197.
Jacorey Hartman took first in the 400 (52.17) and long jump (21-2 ½), and Frank Tirado earned the top spot in the 800 (2:07.65). Leonard Iacopelli ran an 11:06.03 to win the 3,200, while the 4x100 ran a first-place 43.76. Maxwell Glavan notched a 10-0 to take the pole vault.
Hernando’s Ygenio Booker won the 100 (11.08) and teammate Isaac Fields did the same in the 300 hurdles (42.22), as did Ross Stalcup in the 1,600 (4:49.09). The Leopards grabbed the top spot in the 4x800 (8:38.91) and 4x400 (3:35.01).
Jordan Wright of Springstead captured the 110 hurdles (15.86) and Torren Houston (44.15 meters) won the discus. Weeki Wachee’s Diante Thomas earned a first in the triple jump (12.16 meters) and Andrew Stephenson got the win in the shot put (42-11).
On the girls side, the Lady Sharks’ Kaitlyn Pierce was the winner in the 400 (1:04.04), the 100 (12.97), the 200 (27.42) and the triple jump (10.59 meters). Emily Escamilla won the 1,600 (5:56.79) and the 3,200 (12:58.12). Jouie Miller took the shot put (33-8). Nature Coast notched a victory in the 4x800 (11:01.45) and 4x400 (4:22.62).
Hernando’s Kaitlyn Batten ran a 17.23 for first in the 100 hurdles and fellow Lady Leopard Mariah Knieriem had the same placing in the high jump (5-0).
Weeki Wachee’s Jasmine Mendoza posted a 53.08 for first in the 300 hurdles, while Reilley Bain and Zoie Herzek tied for first in the long jump (14-8). Also, Seytia Hill won the discus (33.96) meters) for the Lady Hornets, who had the fastest 4x100 (53.18).
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