Spring Hill Dixie Baseball

Spring Hill ends summer with World Series runs

August 20, 2017 - 01:24

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Spring Hill American White pitcher Dalton Williams throws to the plate last month in the District 6 Tournament against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

With summer coming to a close and school back in session, the Dixie Baseball All-Stars season has also wrapped up.
The Spring Hill American White AAA Minors (age 9-10) squad was largely comprised of players who won a World Series as AA Rookies (age 7-8) two years ago. They came close to adding another World Series crown to their resumes, finishing second in this year’s AAA Minors World Series in Oxford, Ala., taking place Aug. 5-10.

Spring Hill “O”Zone teams take part in states

July 30, 2017 - 15:42

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The Spring Hill National "O"Zone All-Stars. Front row (from left): Ricky Engley, Jacob Rief, Brendan Anderson, Johnny Drewal and Justin Sessera. Back row (from left): head coach Larry Marsh, assistant coaches Vince Anderson and Shane Thompson, Rylan Thompson, Trevor Brady, Ian Finnan, Kaden Plummer, Marco Ramos, Matt DeHart and Omario Morris. Photo provided

With no district tournament, Spring Hill Dixie Baseball sent two entrants into the “O”Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars State Tournament at the MERE Complex in Marianna.
In the double-elimination event, which began July 15, Spring Hill American had the longest run, going 2-2.
On the opening day of action, SH American started off with a 4-3 win over Sneads. On July 16, a rain-soaked Sunday, SH American ended up playing late in the evening, falling to Sebring, 9-8.

Spring Hill Minors come home with state title in tow

July 20, 2017 - 23:45

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Spring Hill American White displays its championship banner following Wednesday's final of the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors All-Stars State Tournament in Marianna. Photo provided

Roughly 34 miles separate the home fields of the Spring Hill and South Sumter Dixie Baseball Leagues.
Yet teams from those two organizations found themselves up in the Panhandle on Wednesday, playing in the final of the AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars State Tournament at the MERE Complex in Marianna.

Dixie round-up: HYL Angels learn from state showing

July 15, 2017 - 20:10

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HYL Angels second baseman Carmen Edwards throws to first at Tom Varn Park on June 18. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Hernando Youth League Angels (age 9-10) All-Stars garnered a trip to states with an impressive performance despite finishing as the runner-up in last month’s district tournament.
Afforded the opportunity to keep playing, the HYL Angels had a short two-game stay at the state tournament last weekend in Bristol, but hoped it was productive moving forward.

Spring Hill Senior Boys take states

July 13, 2017 - 01:20

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Spring Hill Senior All-Star Anthony Anselmo connects on a pitch against West Seminole on Wednesday morning. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

One out away from a state title, yet one run away from blowing a lead, Spring Hill Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars head coach Jimmy Holt rolled the dice and held his breath.
Holt opted to intentionally walk dangerous West Seminole hitter Tyler Hopkins, loading the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Dixie Baseball District 6 Tournament championship game at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.
“It was a really tough decision,” Holt said. “We made a decision to walk him and I literally swallowed my stomach a few times hoping it was the right one.”

Spring Hill American enjoy state experience

July 08, 2017 - 00:12

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Spring Hill American second baseman Brody Hedick won a "sharp shooter" contest for his accuracy throwing to first base at the state tournament this past weekend. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Spring Hill American Dixie Baseball AA Machine Pitch (age 7-8) All-Stars came into the summer as a young squad facing lowered expectations.
Yet the local crew ended up placing second at the District 6 Tournament last month at Ernie Wever Youth Park, and last weekend took part in the state tournament at the Max Long Recreational Complex in Sebring.

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.

Pitching paces Spring Hill Minors

July 24, 2016 - 00:31

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The Spring Hill National AAA Minors All-Stars included: Brendan Anderson, Shawn Hicks, Connor McAfee, Ryder Tyszko, Hayden McElreath, Nathaniel Leavitt, Alex Rodriguez, Cody Bishop, Tristan King, Nathan Marsh, Vinny Pasarela and Justin Sesera. Head coach was Larry Marsh, assisted by Tony Bishop and Tim King. Photo provided

Spring Hill National didn’t return home with a championship trophy after traveling to Sebring for the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars State Tournament. But the local squad still represented itself well on the big stage.
A 3-2 run through the tournament ended with an 8-3 loss to host Sebring on Wednesday, one game away from a rematch with District 6 rival Bushnell American.

Spring Hill Seniors achieve state three-peat

July 14, 2016 - 01:22

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Spring Hill Senior Boys pitcher Luis Ortiz prepares to throw a pitch on Tuesday against West Volusia. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – For most of the Spring Hill Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars, the previous two summers have produced Dixie Baseball state championships.
First they won as “O”Zone (age 11-12) players in 2014, then repeated the feat as Junior Boys (age 13) last year.
But the Senior Boys is the oldest division in which Spring Hill typically fields an all-star squad, adding special meaning to Wednesday afternoon’s state tournament championship game at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.

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