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

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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.

For PHSC Baseball- reunion game is family reunion

Saturday, January 12, 2019-  Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) held their annual Alumni baseball game at the West Campus in New Port Richey. This yearly event brings past players back to their home field for the opportunity to step on the clay one more time.

“The main thing is to get the Alumni back on campus,” PHSC Athletic Director Stephen Winterling said. “There’s nothing like going back-reliving the good times they had… it’s just a good reunion.”

PHSC Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steps Down

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) recently announced that Steve Winterling will step down as men’s baseball head coach, however will remain as the College’s athletic director. Lyndon Coleman, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, is promoted to the head coach position.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling’s coaching career has spanned nearly 40 years. He started his career at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Fla. where he served three years as the assistant coach to Dave Scott, for whom he played.

The Hernando Sun 2018 All County Baseball Team

It was another stellar season of prep baseball throughout Hernando County, as no team finished with less than 11 wins. From the start of the season back in February all the way to the Class 5A state semifinals, there were plenty of individual performances that could be recognized along the way. We compiled a list of the top baseball players from this past season with the Hernando Sun’s All-Hernando Baseball Team.

Hernando County 2018 prep baseball wrap up

With Nature Coast Technical High School’s 4-1 loss to Jacksonville Bolles in the Class 5A state semifinals, prep baseball finally concludes in Hernando County and caps one of the best seasons the county has seen in recent memory. The Sharks were able to ride the hot arm of pro prospect Jonathan Gates, who is surely going to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team this week in the 2018 MLB Draft. Hernando was able to have another tremendous season under Tim Sims, in which the Leopards finished second in Class 5A, District 7 behind Nature Coast.