Three County Softball Teams Vie For District Crowns
5A-7: County Rivals Square Off
For the ladies at Hernando and Nature Coast, playing for a district title is nothing new. Both teams won via a run rule Wednesday night to clinch a berth in the state playoffs, but still at stake is a guaranteed home game for the district winner.
The Sharks scored 11 unanswered runs to dispatch Gulf 12-2 in the first of the two semifinal contests.
Celine Kordon had two booming doubles and three RBI to help Nature Coast assure a spot in the finals.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead on an Abbey Primavera sac fly, the Sharks (19-7) had a few defensive miscues in the second inning allowing the Buccaneers (12-15) to take a 2-1 lead.
Nature Coast began their offensive barrage when Kordon scored on an error to tie the game at two, followed by an Alyssa Kelly steal of home to give the hosts a lead they would not give back.
The Sharks would tack on six more in the third inning highlighted by a Kordon 3-run double, en route to the five inning victory.
Hudson stood in the way of the Lady Leopards in the nightcap, but Hernando was more than up to the test dispatching of the Cobras 10-0.
Ali Shenefield dealt from the circle, striking out eight while allowing just two hits in the complete game gem.
Offensively, Ali Bronson cranked a home run while six different Leopards recorded an RBI in the game.
Nakayla Roberts finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI while Bronson reached base two of three times with two RBI of her own.
Hernando and Nature Coast will square off at 7 P.M. Thursday for the championship at Nature Coast. The two teams met twice this year, with Nature Coast beating Hernando 7-4 in nine innings at Tom Varn Park and the Leopards dropping the Sharks 3-2 at the Shark Tank.
6A-6: Springstead Continues to Roll
Kama Woodall threw her third no-hitter of the season and hit a home run as Springstead beat Lecanto 6-0 on Tuesday.
The Eagles (22-4) scored five in the first thanks in part to a two-run wild pitch and Woodall’s two run smash.
The N.C. State signee struck out 13, while hitting a batter and not allowing a hit all night.
Springstead’s 14th shutout this season coincides with Woodall’s 22nd career clean sheet, one off the county record.
With the win, the Eagles advance to regional play and have a shot to take home the district title, as the face off with Crystal River at 7 P.M. on Thursday.
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