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Softball District Preview: Sharks, Eagles Heavy Favorites

By: Danny Aiello Jr

Twitter: @DannyAielloJr

 

5A-7: Sharks look to end Leopard’s reign

When the first pitch of the Class 5A District 7 is thrown on Tuesday, Hernando will look to win their fourth-straight district crown against a newly-formed field. Before the first pitch is thrown at Tom Varn Park, we take a look at the Hernando County squads.

Nature Coast Sharks: 1st Seed, 21-4 (12-0 5A-7) 

Despite being the number one seed, the Sharks have never claimed a district crown. They will look to change their fortune this year behind the arm of Abbey Primavera, who had 13 wins this season.

After missing a little over two weeks with an ankle injury, Primavera made her way back to the mound this past week, and will have an extra day’s rest as the Sharks have a day-one bye.

Having a solid offense, averaging just over eight runs per game, Nature Coast will look to make a deep run behind hot-hitting Marianne Sparacia and Chyloe Gonzalez who hit .469 and .411 respectively.

Hernando Leopards: 4th Seed, 14-10 (7-5 5A-7)

 

Tournament host Hernando will look to win a fourth-straight district crown, but will be fighting an uphill battle as they kick off the tournament with a matchup against Fivay. Coach Kevin Bittinger’s team beat the Falcons twice this season by a combined 20-1, and a win would send the Leopards to a date with the Sharks.

Tough hampered by injuries, Bittinger says the team needs to stay focused on one game, one inning at a time to make a deep run.

Karli Kimbrough (.424) and Kaylee Frascatore (.356) will look to pick up the offensive slack for Hernando, as team offensive leader Janae Mobley suffered a knee injury.

Central Bears: 6th Seed, 3-20 (3-9 5A-7)

In what has been a tough season for the Bears, Central comes in having lost 17 of the last 18 games played. However, the Bears are not to be taken lightly, as Central has pulled a quarterfinal upset in each of the past two seasons.

Hudson will square off with the Bears in Tuesday’s quarterfinal and the Cobras swept the season series by a combined 22-8 score.

UP NEXT:

Quarterfinals Tuesday 4/12:

Fivay vs. Hernando, 4:30 p.m

Central vs. Hudson, 6 p.m.

Ridgewood vs. Gulf, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday 4/13

Central/Hudson Winner vs. Ridgewood/Gulf Winner 6 p.m.

Fivay/Hernando Winner vs. NCT 7:30 p.m.

Championship Thursday, 4/14

TBA 7 p.m.

 


 

6A-6: Springstead looks to add district crown to record season

On the verge of setting a single-season record for wins, the Springstead Lady Eagles will look to add a district title to a truly spectacular campaign.

Monday marks the start of the Class 6A District 6 tournament at Springstead High School, and two Hernando County teams will be participating.

Springstead Eagles: 1st Seed 23-1 (10-0 6A-6)

Since a 3-1 loss to Nature Coast on February 12th, the Eagles have reeled off 19-straight wins, en route to a record-tying 23 wins. Behind the arm of Kama Woodall (15 wins, eight shutouts) Springstead will look to break that record against the winner of Lecanto and Weeki Wachee on Wednesday.

The Eagles offense is one of the most dangerous in the district, pounding 19 home runs, led by Paige Pfent with nine.

Averaging over seven runs per game, and outscoring opponents 176-38 this season, Springstead is the heavy favorite in the field to knock off defending champion Dunnellon and make a deep postseason run.

Weeki Wachee Hornets: 4th Seed 8-17 (3-7 6A-6)

Having split the first two contests, Weeki Wachee looks to defeat Lecanto in the third matchup and advance to play a semifinal tilt against Springstead.

While defense may be the key for the Hornets to get past Lecanto, their offense will have to answer the bell.

Madyson Lamp, who hit .575 with three home runs while spraying 42 hits, leads the way for Weeki Wachee.

Abigail Pons (.375, one homerun) and Noelle Neuguth (.329, three homeruns) will also be key factors in determining how far the Hornets will go in the district tournament.

UP NEXT:

Quarterfinals Monday 4/11:

Crystal River vs Citrus 5 p.m.

Lecanto vs Weeki Wachee 7 p.m.

Semifinals Wednesday 4/13

Crystal River/Citrus Winner vs. Dunnellon 5 p.m.

Lecanto/Weeki Wachee Winner vs. Springstead 7 p.m.

Championship Thursday, 4/14

TBA 7 p.m.

 

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  • Good Luck Springstead

    Monday, 11 April 2016, 10:50 am

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