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Hernando High graduate Christian Arroyo at the plate for the Sacramento River Cats. Photo by Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Former first-round draft pick Christian Arroyo was sent down to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats earlier this month, as the Giants hoped to get the 22-year-old more regular playing time.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a game June 7 in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Gary Landers

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.
Bronson Arroyo made two starts this past week, and struggled in his outing last Monday at San Diego, taking the loss as his Cincinnati Reds fell, 9-3. The 40-year-old right-hander lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine earned runs on 13 hits, walking none while striking out two. He hit one batter, and threw 90 pitches, 57 for strikes.

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.

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.

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.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

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San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo drives in two runs with a double in the 13th inning during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 20, 2017, in St. Louis. At right are Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. (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 a solid start to his big-league career playing third base for the San Francisco Giants, the rookie Christian Arroyo has had a tough go of it in May, hitting .180 with a home run and 10 runs batted in over 89 at-bats.

Sharks hang tough, fall just short at Bishop Moore

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Nature Coast junior J.P. Gates struck out 11 batters in six innings and homered against Bishop Moore in Tuesday's regional semifinal. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Nature Coast baseball team rode a red-hot offense to a district championship repeat and just the second trip to the Sweet 16 in program history.
But perennial state title contender Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic managed to cool off the Sharks’ bats in Tuesday night’s Class 5A, Region 2 semifinal. Still, visiting Nature Coast certainly held its own, but struck out 16 times and allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to fall, 2-1.

Two Hernando High baseball players face off in the Majors

Christian Arroyo (left) of the SF Giants and Bronson Arroyo (right) of the Cincinatti Reds before Friday night's game.  Both Arroyos, although unrelated, are from Brooksville and played baseball for Hernando High School.  Photo via #floridacrackerstyle

On Friday Cinco De Mayo a rare occurrence took place during the game that pitted the San Francisco Giants against the Cincinnati Reds. Two players from the same small high school played against each other in a Major League Baseball game. The pitcher for the Reds was Bronson Arroyo and the third baseman for the San Francisco Giant was Christian Arroyo. Both of these players graduated from Hernando High School and even though they share the same last name and hometown, they are unrelated.

Sharks gain regional redemption, advance to Sweet 16

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Nature Coast's Zach Funkhouser hit a solo home run in the Sharks' 7-3 win over Lake Highland Prep. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Only one Hernando County prep baseball team survived Tuesday’s first round of regionals, and for Nature Coast it was also about gaining a measure of redemption.
The Sharks found themselves hosting Orlando-Lake Highland Prep in a Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal, just as they had last year when they allowed four runs in the seventh inning in a 5-3 loss.
This time around, Nature Coast took care of business. Even after giving up two runs in the top of the first, the Sharks rallied right back and pulled away for a 7-3 victory.

Sports notebook: Eagles repeat with blowout win

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Springstead's Joey Delgatto throws to the plate during Wednesday's 6A-6 semifinal versus Lecanto. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was no secret that Springstead’s baseball team entered the Class 6A, District 6 Tournament as the prohibitive favorite to repeat as champion.
But the Eagles certainly didn’t fall short of those expectations this week, recording two blowout wins to collect another first-place trophy.
“We just played real well,” Springstead head coach Shawn Laferty said. “Defensively, we made one error. That’s been our M.O. all year. We played good defense, had good pitching and hitting when we need to.

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