softball

Hernando Youth League Ponytails will represent Florida at World Series

The Hernando Youth League Girls Softball Ponytails (under 13) are headed to the World Series representing Florida. The 2018 Dixie Softball World Series is being held in Alexandria, Louisiana from July 27 through August 1, 2018.

In the State Finals they defeated the home team Lake Placid. They played Lake Placid twice at State winning both times. In fact they are undefeated so far at both the district and state tournaments.

Hernando County 2018 prep softball wrap up

With Hernando’s 3-2 loss to Keystone Heights in the Class 5A, Region 2 final, prep softball in Hernando County concludes and caps one of the best seasons the county has seen in quite some time. Hernando was once again a force and was able to notch a district championship and a couple postseason victories in the process. Springstead wasn't too far behind, but fell in the region semifinals in Class 6A against district rival Crystal River.

Bleacher Talk Play by Play: A thrilling regional softball final for Leopards

Friday night May 11, 2018 at Tom Varn Park, the 2018 5A Regional Softball Finals are almost ready to get underway.  Hold onto your seats, because this game is going to be

Both Hernando High and Keystone Heights High Schools are just one step away from going to the State Semifinals.

It's a muggy night here at Tom Varn and it's a packed house. Fans are completely surrounding the field and ready to cheer on their teams. A moment of silence, our National Anthem.  Okay everyone's ready, Let's Play Ball.

Bleacher Talk, Play by Play: Softball District 6A-6 Championship Game

The bleachers are filled to capacity on April 27, 2018 at the Stead. Fans are eager to see the 6A-6 District Softball Championship game between Springstead Eagles and Crystal River Pirates.  Both teams came to battle it out for the win.

Pitcher for the Stead is Sr. Kayla Cruz and behind home plate is catcher Paige Pfent. A duo to be reckoned with.  Let's Play Ball!!

Hernando and Nature Coast on a crash course in Class 5A, District 7 softball

BROOKSVILLE- No matter how many times you look at things and how they may shake up in Class 5A, District 7, many come back to the same potential scenario occurring: Hernando and Nature Coast meeting in the district championship.

Though that may be counting the eggs before they hatch, the Leopards and Sharks have been the top two teams in 5A-7 and all roads seem to be leading towards a third matchup between the two clubs come district championship time.

Eustis bats heat up late, Hernando falls short of Final Four

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Hernando's Taliyah Dowdell takes a swing at the ball during an at-bat Friday night against Eustis. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando High’s softball team has spent the past few weeks proving it belonged among the elite squads in the area.
On Friday, the Lady Leopards found themselves in the Elite Eight, hosting Eustis in a Class 5A, Region 2 final at Ernie Chatman Field at Tom Varn Stadium.
After Hernando staved off the Lady Panthers, ranked second in the Miracle Sports state poll in 5A, through four scoreless innings, the visitors busted things open in the fifth and sixth, pulling away for a 6-0 victory.

Hernando roughs up rival, heads to Elite Eight

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Hernando leadoff hitter Josey Sims gets a bunt down during Tuesday's regional semifinal against Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Back on March 30, Hernando High’s softball team had dropped four straight the past two seasons to Nature Coast, and were three outs away from pushing that streak to five.
Then the Lady Leopards scored three times in the top of the seventh inning that night, rallying for a 3-2 victory, and everything changed. They followed that with a 4-0 win in the Class 5A, District 7 title game on the Lady Sharks’ home field on April 27.

County softball teams go 3-for-3 in region quarters

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall, who threw a perfect game, readies for a pitch in the batter's box during Wednesday's regional quarterfinal. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – Three Hernando County prep softball entered regional play on Wednesday, and all three will be back in action for next Tuesday’s semifinals.
That’s the situation after Hernando, Nature Coast and Springstead all recorded quarterfinal wins to advance to the Sweet 16.
For the Lady Eagles, seeking their second straight trip to the Elite Eight after repeating as Class 6A, District 6 champions last week, it was another day at the office for senior pitcher Kama Woodall.

Sports notebook: Springstead rallies for district repeat

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Springstead catcher Paige Pfent had the game-winning single in Thursday's 6A-6 final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Suffice to say, Springstead’s softball team’s road to a repeat district championship hit a significant speed bump halfway through Thursday night’s Class 6A, District 6 final.
Host Crystal River had shown it could stand up to the once top-ranked Lady Eagles a few weeks earlier, holding on for a 2-1 win at Springstead’s home field on April 4.
This time around, the Lady Pirates built a 4-0 advantage through the top of the fourth, but couldn’t stave off the top seed, who rallied to tie it up twice and eventually pulled out a 7-6 victory in eight innings.