Down on the farm

June 25, 2017 - 21:36

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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.

Spring Hill Minors take title in blowout

June 24, 2017 - 01:13

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Spring Hill American White coaches and players come together for a quick chat during Friday's championship game. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – It took until the 11th inning for Spring Hill American White and South Sumter to score a run on a soggy Thursday night.
One batter into Friday’s rematch, a winner-take-all championship game in the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors (ages 9-10) All-Stars District 6 Tournament at Anderson Snow Sports Complex, the scoring began and rarely stopped, particularly on the home side.
This time SH American White, having won 2-0 the previous evening to extend the double-elimination tournament, needed only 3 ½ frames to dust South Sumter by mercy rule, 17-4.

After monsoon, Spring Hill Minors win marathon

June 24, 2017 - 00:05

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Spring Hill American White pitcher Dalton Williams throws to the plate Thursday night against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – As volunteers put the finishing touches on a cleaned-up field at the end of a near 2 ½-hour rain delay Thursday night, the radar indicated more rough weather was on the way at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.
But with just 3 ½ innings left to complete in the potential final game of the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars District 6 Tournament, an hour window seemed like enough.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

June 18, 2017 - 21:38

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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.

Brooksville T-Ball team goes 1-2

June 17, 2017 - 18:41

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

June 17, 2017 - 18:26

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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.