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Springstead closer Marrone collects MVP

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Springstead closer Dominic Marrone warms up during Friday's Farm Bureau Classic final against Central. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In four Farm Bureau Classic games this week, Springstead allowed a combined total of six runs.
No question then that the Eagles finished with the championship trophy in hand on the strength of their pitching staff. Yet the hurler deemed most valuable didn’t start a single contest.
Senior Dominic Marrone may not have recorded the first outs for Springstead, but he was on the mound for the final one throughout the entire tournament. For that, he was awarded MVP honors.

Springstead tops Central for first Farm Bureau title

Springstead's Kevin Tomas pitches against Central in Friday night's Farm Bureau Classic final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When Kevin Tomas arrived at Central’s baseball field for Friday night’s Farm Bureau Classic final, the Springstead junior didn’t know he’d be tapped to take the start.
It was hard to tell considering the way he pitched against the host Bears, as he struck out 10 over five solid innings and protected an early lead, allowing the Eagles to win this annual tournament for the first time, 4-2.

Woodall paces Lady Eagles in Leopard Slam

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall throws to first base to record an out in Saturday night's Leopard Slam final versus Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Kama Woodall’s first run-scoring single in Saturday night’s Leopard Slam final wasn’t exactly a hard-hit smash. But that would be an apt description for the second time she drove home a teammate.
As she normally does, the Springstead senior made headlines with her arm over the two-day tournament at Tom Varn Park. But she also made an impact with the bat, and has all season.

Sports notebook: County baseball teams stay busy over break

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Springstead's Dominic Marrone gets ready for a pitch in Wednesday's game against Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

With Hernando County public schools out for spring break this week, the sports schedule was relatively lite outside of Friday and Saturday’s Leopard Slam softball tournament.
Yet the county’s baseball teams still kept busy, all playing multiple games throughout the week.

Springstead repeats in Leopard Slam final

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall accepts the championship trophy after Saturday night's Leopard Slam final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In the end, the sixth annual Leopard Slam softball tournament played out much like the last one. Just as they did a year ago, Springstead and Nature Coast squared off in the final.
Last season, it was the Lady Eagles celebrating with the championship trophy, and they found themselves in that position again on Saturday night at Tom Varn Park’s Ernie Chatman Field, knocking the Lady Sharks from the unbeaten ranks with an 8-2 victory.

Sports notebook: Gates strikes out 15 in perfect game

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Nature Coast's J.P. Gates threw a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters against Central on Tuesday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast junior J.P. Gates has literally been unhittable in three starts this season, but on Tuesday he took it to another level.
The hard-throwing southpaw, already committed to the University of Miami, threw a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Central that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Gates struck out 15. In other words, he fanned every single batter he faced.

Central lifters earn district hardware

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Central's Dominique Walker finished second at 199 in Monday's district meet, with a 315-255--570. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last week, the Central boys weightlifting team was on the outside looking in as Hernando and Springstead tied for first place in the county meet.
But this week, it was the Bears taking home a trophy, finishing as the runner-up in Monday’s Class 1A, District 11 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Though Citrus ran away with the team title at 91 points, Central edged Hernando, 29-28.

Springstead’s Rivera wins ‘amazing’ state title

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Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera finishes off a takedown against Lleyton Taylor of Riverdale in their quarterfinal match Friday in Class 2A action. Rivera won 5-0. Photo by Matt Pfiffner/Citrus Chronicle

Capturing a wrestling state championship requires an incredible amount of mental fortitude all by itself.
But under the circumstances Springstead senior Richie Rivera faced during the Class 2A FHSAA Finals at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, his accomplishment of placing first at 113 pounds had his coach Bob Levija repeating one word over and over.
“It was amazing,” Levija said. “It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced, that he could stay that focused and wrestled the way he did.
“He wrecked everybody. He was just really on.”

Sports notebook: Nature Coast softball stays perfect

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Senior Abbey Primavera has been an ace on the mound for Nature Coast this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

So far this season, when the Nature Coast softball team gives up a run it seems like a big deal. Three weeks into the season, the Lady Sharks remain undefeated at 6-0.
On Tuesday, they thrashed Hudson, 17-2, in just five innings. Junior Chayse Skinner went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and five driven in, while Alanis Berrios and Cerina Brooks also had three hits, combining to score five runs and plate four. Alyssa Kelly, who also homered, and Celine Kordon added three runs batted in apiece.

Eagle, Leopard lifters share county crown

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Central's Dominique Walker benched 315 pounds and finished with a meet-best 570 total in Wednesday's county meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

iWEEKI WACHEE – Coming into Wednesday’s boys weightlifting county meet, there was much uncertainty about just which team was the county’s finest.
By the time things wrapped up in the Weeki Wachee gym, there remained plenty of confusion. In an unprecedented turn of events, both Hernando and Springstead tied atop the team standings with 64 points apiece.

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