Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN
Since the second week of June, Hernando Youth League (HYL) baseball traveled from Jacksonville to Alabama to seek championship titles.
HYL coach Tim Sims and Timothy Whatley gave these young men an outlet during the most challenging and complex time the nation is facing- to nab a World Series championship title as they traveled to Alabama over the July 24 weekend.
“The reason we run our summer program the way we do is team chemistry,” Tim said. “Hernando Youth league is for the entire county. We’re a community base, it’s not only for our kids but our businesses.”
Mississippi dominated in their second appearance with HYL.
The season isn’t over just yet, as HYL participates in the 18u PW FL. State Championship in Sanford. That tournament began on Saturday, July 31.
“That tournament is basically to showcase our players for college coaches,” Sims said.
June 20-21 | Father’s Day Invitational in Auburndale
Hernando 4 Mets Scouts Team 1
Game Time Gray 6 Hernando 5
Hernando 11 Bayport Dirtbags 5
Canes 5 Hernando 2
June 27-28 & 30 Battle of the Best in Auburndale
Hernando 7 TBSA Patriots 5
Game Time Peeples 2 Hernando 1
GRSD Florida 11 Hernando 0
Hernando 6 Fivay Falcons Varsity 4
July 11-12 | Dixie State Tournament in Chipley
Hernando 4 Chipley 3
Hernando 4 Chipley 2
Hernando 12 Chipley 6
July 25 - 27: Dixie pre-majors World Series in Alabama
Hernando 8 Alabama 6
Hernando 6 Mississippi 3
Hernando 13 Tennessee 1
Louisiana 16 Hernando 0
Mississippi 15 Hernando 8