Farm Bureau Classic

Springstead closer Marrone collects MVP

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead closer Dominic Marrone warms up during Friday's Farm Bureau Classic final against Central. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In four Farm Bureau Classic games this week, Springstead allowed a combined total of six runs.
No question then that the Eagles finished with the championship trophy in hand on the strength of their pitching staff. Yet the hurler deemed most valuable didn’t start a single contest.
Senior Dominic Marrone may not have recorded the first outs for Springstead, but he was on the mound for the final one throughout the entire tournament. For that, he was awarded MVP honors.

Springstead tops Central for first Farm Bureau title

Springstead's Kevin Tomas pitches against Central in Friday night's Farm Bureau Classic final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When Kevin Tomas arrived at Central’s baseball field for Friday night’s Farm Bureau Classic final, the Springstead junior didn’t know he’d be tapped to take the start.
It was hard to tell considering the way he pitched against the host Bears, as he struck out 10 over five solid innings and protected an early lead, allowing the Eagles to win this annual tournament for the first time, 4-2.

Sports notebook: Springstead reaches Farm Bureau semis

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead battled Bishop McLaughlin on its home field Tuesday night during the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It was a busy week for Hernando County’s prep baseball programs, as they played host to the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. The five-day long tournament came to an end on Friday night, with Mitchell defeating South Sumter in the final at Hernando’s Emerson Field, 2-1.

Among the county schools, Springstead came within a game of reaching the championship contest, falling to South Sumter in a semifinal on the Eagles’ field on Thursday, 6-5 on a walk-off in the seventh inning. Springstead (14-4) had defeated Wesley Chapel on Monday, 11-1, and Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday, 3-1.