Sports notebook: Two county lifters win regional titles

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

At least two Hernando County lifters are bound for states next month following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region 6 Meet at Belleview.
The winner of each weight division earned state berths, while the rest will wait to see if they receive at-large spots at the FHSAA Finals, taking place on April 8 at DeLand High.
For Central, senior Dominique Walker took first at 199 pounds, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Walker actually tied with Austin Quandt from Citrus, but won due to weighing in four pounds lighter.
Hernando junior Colin Pagels came in first at 219, posting a 295 bench and 280 clean for 575, five pounds ahead of second-place Destin Cali from Citrus.
Also for the Leopards, Brunson Tafelski placed second at 139 (205-175—380), followed by Boston Tafelski in third (200-175—375). Nature Coast’s Augustus Carwell finished second at 238 (290-255—545) and Logan Wellman placed third at unlimited (280-250—530).
While Citrus ran away with the team title, scoring 58 points. Gulf came in second at 29 and Hernando was third with 24. Central ended up tied for sixth at 15.
In baseball, the Farm Bureau Classic was held throughout the week at Central, Hernando, Springstead and Weeki Wachee.
The Eagles (12-2) ended up going 4-0 to win the tournament, starting off with a 7-1 triumph over Fivay on Monday. Joey Delgatto went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Chris Cesiro was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. John Oliveira and Max Glenn both had two hits and a RBI. Meanwhile, Brett Maharaj gave up a run on three hits and four walks over six innings, striking out two.
On Tuesday, Springstead dropped defending tournament champ Mitchell, 7-2, with Maharaj and Dominic Marrone each driving in two runs. Delgatto went 2-for-2 with two runs and a RBI, and Jack Jasiak threw five innings, giving up five hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk, totaling four strikeouts.
The semifinals on Thursday saw the Eagles garner a thrilling 2-1 win over Land O’ Lakes, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh after the Gators scored in the top half of the inning. Springstead won on a walk-off single by Glenn, after Luke Laferty brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. Delgatto started and went five shutout innings, giving up just a hit and fanning seven.
In Friday’s final at Central, the Eagles knocked off the host Bears, 4-2. Central (8-5) notched an 8-6 win over Zephyrhills on Monday, getting two RBI apiece from Justin Chevalier and Adam Palma.
Tuesday saw the Bears down River Ridge, 13-7. Marcus Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and four RBI. Jonathan Allion was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI, Ian Peacock ended up 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, and Justin Ovaska went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Central survived a wild semifinal over Weeki Wachee, 18-13. Pedro Moss Jr. was 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and Ovaska went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI. On the Hornets’ side, Felice Vairo was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI.
Weeki Wachee came in 0-10, yet knocked off Hudson on Monday, 15-3, getting three RBI each from Vairo and Cameron Sereda. On Tuesday, the Hornets won 3-1 over Sunlake, as Dalton Mosser went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, striking out 10.
Hernando (8-4) lost 4-2 to Crystal River on Monday, then won 13-2 over Gulf on Tuesday and 6-3 against Sunlake on Thursday. Anthony Urso went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI versus the Buccaneers, and Austin Legg was 3-for-5 with a double, a run and three RBI. Connor Morgan drove in three runs and hit a home run against the Seahawks.
Nature Coast (7-4) lost 6-1 to Sunlake on Monday, then won 6-1 over Hudson on Tuesday. The Sharks beat Zephyrhills on Thursday, 7-4.
Springstead’s softball team defeated Nature Coast for the second time in three days on Monday, with a 2-0 victory. Delaney Woodall went 3-for-3 with a double, while Kama Woodall drove in a run and notched a complete-game win, giving up six hits and striking out five in seven innings. Abbey Primavera gave up just two unearned runs for the Lady Sharks (12-2), and Abby Marshall had two hits.
The Lady Eagles (14-1) followed with a 7-0 triumph over Crystal River on Wednesday, as Paige Pfent had a 3-for-4 showing with two runs and two RBI, and Kama Woodall was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI while striking out eight in another complete game. Kayla Cruz also had three hits and a RBI.
On Friday, Springstead thumped Lecanto, 12-1. Pfent had a 3-for-4 night, with a triple, three runs and three RBI. Cruz was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI, and struck out 10 batters in four innings of work.
Hernando (9-7) defeated Weeki Wachee on Tuesday, 5-4. Taliyah Dowdell went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI, and Ali Shenefield had two doubles and a RBI. She also struck out 15 batters in seven innings. The Lady Leopards lost 7-3 to Crystal River on Thursday, despite a homer and two RBI from Dowdell.
Nature Coast’s boys track and field team won the Doug Patton Memorial at Citrus with 119 points. Weeki Wachee’s girls came in second with 91.5.
Nickinson Sineus from Nature Coast won the boys 200 meter, running a 23.60, while teammate Jacorey Hartman took the 400 (53.78). Weeki Wachee’s boys placed first in the 4x400 (3:40.40), and Springstead’s Kyle Manuel captured the shot put (44-4) and the discus (156-5).
For the girls, the Lady Hornets’ Reilley Bain won the 200 (27.57) and the 100 (13.52), and Jasmine Mendoza did the same in the 300 hurdles (53.54). Their 4x100 took first in a time of 53.82.
Hernando’s Kaitlyn Batten collected a first in the 100 hurdles (17.95) and the Lady Leopards’ 4x400 won in 4:33.62. Also, Nature Coast’s 4x800 placed first in 10:56.45.
Nature Coast’s boys tennis team won 7-0 over Citrus on Wednesday to move to 7-2, and the girls had a 5-2 victory against the Lady Hurricanes to improve to 8-0. Sierra Remondelli went to 11-0 in singles play, with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lisa Van Asdonk at No. 3. The Lady Sharks had blanked Central on Monday, 7-0.
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