Baseball

Gulf Coast 8 All-Conference Baseball Team 2020

Though spring sports have come and gone throughout the state of Florida and nationally for that matter, coaches still have gone ahead to name all-conference selections for their respective sports. For Citrus and Hernando counties, the eight high schools between the two make up the Gulf Coast 8 conference and they have officially announced the selections for baseball. 

Umpires Feel the Effects of a Short Baseball Season

Spring Hill, Fla.-- Student-athletes and coaches are not the only ones that have felt the hardship as the baseball season was cut short by COVID-19.  The umpires whose arduous job is to keep the game in check have no games to oversee.

“It’s a segment of sports that people don’t think about,” Kieras said. “We refer to ourselves as the third team.”

Getting Where You Need To Be

BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- It has been over a month since any lights shined on the baseball fields. Hernando High first baseman Steven Taylor said... “It’s a mix between sadness and anger. Baseball has been my life, and for me to work as hard as I have to get to where I am and for it to basically be stripped away from me at the end, it just sucks. It broke my heart when my mom told me the news.”

Central hosts 2020 Preseason Baseball Classic

Brooksville--Central hosted a two-day preseason baseball classic with Springstead, Fivay, and Weeki Wachee on Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, 2020.

Preseason classics are essential for coaches to observe how their players have progressed over practices and learn about the incoming talent.

Preparation may be different from coach to coach. Weeki Wachee baseball coach Patrick McHugh and Springstead’s baseball coach Shawn Laferty tell us how they are getting their players prepared for the upcoming 2020 season.

Patrick McHugh is starting his ninth year at Weeki Wachee.

Following in his father’s footsteps

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Connor Morgan has been playing baseball for Hernando High since he was a freshman. He also explored other sports. As a sophomore, Connor played soccer and at the beginning of his senior year, he played tight end and defensive linemen on the Leopards football team. 

“Soccer definitely helps out with footwork, being a little more coordinated with my feet and football makes me stronger. It all correlates together as far as athleticism goes and moves on to baseball,” Connor said.

Rays send two to All-Star Game

By: Matthew Vandenburgh

The Tampa Bay Rays, currently sitting at second place in the American League East, are getting some representation at the All-Star game this year. For the third year in a row, the Rays have two players named to the AL All-Star team. This year pitcher Charlie Morton and outfielder Austin Meadows will play in Cleveland on July 9.

Though neither player will start the game, both Morton and Meadows have played at the level expected of All-Star players so far this season.

Montreal Rays? It could happen.

By: Matthew Vandenburgh

Major League Baseball’s executive council granted the Tampa Bay Rays permission to look into options for the team to split its home games in future seasons between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal.

Right now the plan is in very early stages, but due to the lack of attendance the team is exploring the idea of beginning the season in Tampa and finishing it in Montreal. The Rays currently have an average attendance of 14,546, the second lowest in MLB. This comes despite a current record of 43-31, second place in a stacked American League East.

PHSC baseball heads to Division II World Series

Article and Photography 
by ALICE MARY HERDEN

On May 23 at 6 am the Pasco Hernando State College baseball team will board a plane and travel 1,322 miles to Enid, Oklahoma to play at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in competition for the 2019 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Title, but first let us tell you how they got there.

NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship

For four days the Bobcats owned the NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship in Greenville North Carolina, after their loss to Pitt Community College.