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Brooksville T-Ball team goes 1-2

Hernando County had just one entrant into this year’s Dixie T-Ball (age 5-6) All-Stars District 6 Tournament, taking place in Wildwood starting last Saturday and going on this past week.
The Hernando Youth League Brooksville branch sent a squad that finished 1-2, an improvement from recent seasons when Brooksville has typically gone winless in the double-elimination event.
On Saturday, the tournament got underway and the local crew suffered a 38-8 loss to South Sumter. The next day, though, was a much different story.

Ridge Manor Majors make history

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Ridge Manor pitcher Bryce Saltsman throws to the plate in Thursday's district title game against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

RIDGE MANOR – Throughout its history, Ridge Manor Dixie Baseball has struggled to overcome the obstacles that plague such a small program.
That’s why even in losing the AAA Majors (age 11-12) All-Stars District 6 Tournament final on Thursday night at Ridge Manor Community Park, 19-0 in three innings against a loaded South Sumter squad, the host team had plenty to celebrate.
As the district runner-up, this Ridge Manor team became the first in league history to earn its way to a state tournament. All previous state appearances came via automatic berths.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

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Christian Arroyo watches a pop-up while playing for the San Francisco Giants against the Washington Nationals on Memorial Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/Cal Sport Media via AP Images

NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’ve both played Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
After getting optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento last Sunday, Christian Arroyo started off his second stint with the River Cats with a bang.

College signings spread out across the county

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Springstead softball shortstop Abby Oliver with principal Carmine Rufa during her signing with Warner University. Photo provided

Back in February, Central’s football team dominated National Signing Day with four football players officially inking with college programs.
That quartet included the state’s leading rusher, De’Vonta Smith (Division I Appalachian State), defensive back Dominique Walker (D-I Florida Championship Subdivision FAMU), linebacker Josh Rivera (D-II Lincoln University in Pennsylvania) and safety Sam Garner (NAIA Webber International).
Those were far from the only signings among the six county schools, however, and they weren’t the only signees from Central, either.

Spring Hill ‘B’ team delivers A-plus performance

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Brody Hedick of Spring Hill American takes a swing at a pitch in Thursday's District 6 Tournament game against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Spring Hill American may have entered the Dixie Baseball AA Machine Pitch (ages 7-8) All-Stars District 6 Tournament last weekend as something of an afterthought.
The less seasoned of the two squads from Spring Hill in the double-elimination event held at Ernie Wever Youth Park, SH American nonetheless found its way to the championship game on Friday night.
Defeating South Sumter two nights in a row proved a difficult challenge for the local club, which fell 17-0 in 3 ½ innings yet nonetheless earned a trip to the state tournament July 1 in Sebring.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

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Hernando alum Christian Arroyo hits a go-ahead two-run double for the San Francisco Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 20. Photo by Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’re both playing Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
After sitting out both games last weekend, the slumping Christian Arroyo returned to the San Francisco Giants lineup on Monday against the Washington Nationals. He went 1-for-3 with a double, his fifth of the year.

NCT alum Breida making most of minicamp

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Former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida during the San Francisco 49ers' organized team activity at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

For Matt Breida, the dream of playing in the NFL hasn’t quite been realized, but he’s coming awfully close.
The 2013 Nature Coast graduate has been in San Francisco the past few weeks, participating in a rookie minicamp with the 49ers, the running back receiving his first taste of life as a professional football player.
“This is a big opportunity,” Breida said. “Being an undrafted free agent, I’m hoping to prove everyone wrong and prove I belong in the NFL.”

Hernando grad Lawson waiting his turn

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs this season. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

Local baseball fans were abuzz early this Major League season when the San Francisco Giants called up Hernando High alum Christian Arroyo.
One of the first people to learn about Arroyo’s promotion was one of his best friends, an offseason roommate, former teammate and a fellow 2013 graduate. Oh, and he’s also another professional ballplayer.

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