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Hernando County 2021 prep baseball preview

With all the winter sports now officially concluded in Hernando County, we move into the spring  season of athletics and it brings on baseball and softball. Along with baseball and softball is track and field and spring football. The 2020 season was cut short due to the onset of the novel coronavirus and teams were not able to complete a full campaign. We take a brief look at all the prep baseball teams across Hernando County and what to look forward to this upcoming 2021 campaign. 

An Evening for Baseball and Veterans

On Tuesday, February 16, the Springstead High School baseball team led by coach Joe Pepitone and new head coach Jeff Gilesspi, took to the field for their first home game of the season. The team played against Crystal River and coach Joe commented, “It’s great to be back on the ball field after a year of shutting everything down. The boys are excited, the athletic director Dustin Kupcik, and Principal Mrs.

Keeping up the Baseball Chemistry Despite Social Challenges

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. 

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.