Richie Fox. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Bossier City, La. demonstrates who’s the boss, denies Spring Hill Senior Boys’ World Series repeat, 7-6

DIXIE BASEBALL Team Florida’s Ortiz, Rice go yard, blow early 5-0 cushion BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Team Florida, aka Spring Hill’s Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars, departed Cajun country Wednesday night frustrated. Spring Hill was attempting the impossible becoming the first Hernando County Dixie Baseball Youth program to return home with back-to-back World Series crowns. Despite Spring Hill (4-2 tourney, 8-2 overall) erecting a 5-0 cushion after 2½ innings behind…

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Luis Ortiz

2016 Dixie Baseball World Series Scoreboard (thru 08-11)

2016 Dixie Baseball Senior Boys All-Stars (age 14) World Series at Pineville, La. 08-06: Spring Hill, Florida 4, Selma, Alabama 0 NOTES – Despite Spring Hill hitting into four double plays, Florida out-hit Alabama, 9-4 … Spring Hill southpaw Jonny McMath twirled a 95-pitch, seven-inning complete-game shutout at the Selma crew … McMath yielded four hits and three walks against a game-high 14 strikeouts … Offensively, Dominiq Collura posted a…

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Luis Ortiz. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

A date with destiny: Spring Hill ousts Pineville, 10-5, earns bye into third straight World Series championship tilt

DIXIE BASEBALL Ortiz fans 10 across five frames for third win this summer for surging Spring Hill BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Less than 24 hours after suffering its first Dixie Baseball setback in two seasons, Spring Hill’s vaunted Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars bounced back from adversity Tuesday. The West Hernando County crew trailed 3-0 after one frame to host Pineville, Louisiana. The Cajun crew salivated for more planting runners…

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David Abbadessa

2016 Dixie Baseball World Series Scoreboard (thru 08-09)

2016 Dixie Baseball Senior Boys All-Stars (age 14) World Series at Pineville, La. 08-06: Spring Hill, Florida 4, Selma, Alabama 0 NOTES – Despite Spring Hill hit into four double plays, Florida out-hit Alabama, 9-4 … Spring Hill southpaw Jonny McMath twirled a 95-pitch, seven-inning complete-game shutout at the Selma crew … McMath yielded four hits and three walks against a game-high 14 strikeouts … Offensively, Dominiq Collura posted a…

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Richie Fox. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

After right-hander Ortiz is struck by a liner, Spring Hill collapses at the hands of Bossier City, La., 15-10

DIXIE BASEBALL 4-0 Spring Hill lead evaporates and Morales’ 6-RBI effort goes for naught BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Some times the baseball gods giveth and they taketh away. Such was the case with the vaunted Spring Hill Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars Monday during its extended double header in the Dixie World Series at Pineville, Louisiana. Since dropping the 2014 Ozone World Series finale to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 7-4, the…

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Jake Rice

2016 Dixie Baseball World Series Scoreboard (thru 08-08)

2016 Dixie Baseball Senior Boys All-Stars (age 14) World Series at Pineville, La. 08-06: Spring Hill, Florida 4, Selma, Alabama 0 NOTES – Despite Spring Hill hit into four double plays, Florida out-hit Alabama, 9-4 … Spring Hill southpaw Jonny McMath twirled a 95-pitch, seven-inning complete-game shutout at the Selma crew … McMath yielded four hits and three walks against a game-high 14 strikeouts … Offensively, Dominiq Collura posted a…

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Dominiq Collura. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Spring Hill’s Collura, Fox, Rivera combine on second 4-hit whitewash trimming North Carolina, 7-0

DIXIE BASEBALL Morales goes yard as Collura remains red-hot behind another 3-for-3, plus a walk BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spring Hill Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars celebrated a Sweet 16 milestone Sunday as the core group from last summer’s Junior Boys (age 13) World Series title, pocketed its 16th straight win over Dallas, North Carolina, 7-0. Carolina was no slouch. They were the defending Senior Boys WS champs. But Team…

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Nick Morales

2016 Dixie Baseball World Series Scoreboard (thru 08-07)

2016 Dixie Baseball Senior Boys All-Stars (age 14) World Series at Pineville, La. 08-06: Spring Hill, Florida 4, Selma, Alabama 0 NOTES – Despite Spring Hill hit into four double plays, Florida out-hit Alabama, 9-4 … Spring Hill southpaw Jonny McMath twirled a 95-pitch, seven-inning complete-game shutout at the Selma crew … McMath yielded four hits and three walks against a game-high 14 strikeouts … Offensively, Dominiq Collura posted a…

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Jonny McMath

Southpaw McMath is masterful behind 4-hit, 14-K bagel as Spring Hill blanks Selma, Ala., 4-0

DIXIE BASEBALL Despite hitting into an unlucky four DPs, Collura rules behind 3-for-3 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine surviving hitting into four double plays in one game. Seems an unlikely scenario, right? But that’s precisely what Team Florida, aka Spring Hill’s vaunted Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars, did Saturday besting Selma, Alabama in Pineville, Louisiana, 4-0. The victory, Spring Hill’s fifth in five games this summer and 15th straight dating…

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Dominiq Collura

2016 Dixie Baseball World Series Scoreboard (thru 08-06)

2016 Dixie Baseball Senior Boys All-Stars (age 14) World Series at Pineville, La. 08-06: Spring Hill, Florida 4, Selma, Alabama 0 NOTES – Despite Spring Hill hit into four double plays, Florida out-hit Alabama, 9-4 … Spring Hill southpaw Jonny McMath twirled a 95-pitch, seven-inning complete-game shutout at the Selma crew … McMath yielded four hits and three walks against a game-high 14 strikeouts … Offensively, Dominiq Collura posted a…

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Luis Ortiz. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Spring Hill Seniors Boys hunting for history in Cajun Country

DIXIE BASEBALL Spring Hill 14s seeking Hernando County’s first-ever back-to-back World Series crowns BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The odds are stacked squarely against Spring Hill Dixie Baseball Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars as they caravan Thursday evening toward Pineville, Louisiana. Why? No previous World Series squad from Spring Hill, Hernando or Ridge Manor for that manner has ever captured back-to-back World Series trophies. Yet isn’t this the same core group…

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Hernando Youth League, Inc.

Spring Hill Dixie Senior All-Stars needs community support to reach World Series

DIXIE BASEBALL State Champion 14-year-old Spring Hill All-Stars lacking funds for Pineville, La. Tourney BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Hernando County successfully funded four teams during the 2015 Dixie Baseball World Series Tournaments last summer, returning home with an unprecedented three World Series titles. But a week shy of the county’s only World Series entry, Spring Hill’s Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars representing Florida in the annual World…

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Spring Hill American's Ozone mentors include (left to right): Asst. Coach Todd Wilkes, Head Coach Tom "The Boot" LoBianco and Asst. Coach Charles Moss unfurl Hernando County's 25th Dixie Baseball State Championship banner following Wednesday evening's 12-0 title-game win over West Seminole American. The banner is the Spring Hill baseball program's 15th overall - all since 2005. Photo by TONY CASTRO

Sebring’s Doorlag dooms Spring Hill American’s title chances behind a 3-for-4 and 6 RBI, 14-1

DIXIE BASEBALL Highlands County crew snaps four-year drought in Ozone State behind 13-hit barrage BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SEBRING – Make that five state championships for Sebring’s vaunted Dixie Baseball Ozone (ages 12-U) All-Stars. Playing at home under frustrating off-and-on lightning and showery conditions, Sebring (5-1 tourney, 5-1 overall) snapped a four-year title drought in this age division Thursday by blasting Cinderella Spring Hill American (3-2 tourney, 5-4 overall), 14-1….

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Brendan Anderson

Dixie Baseball Scoreboard (thru 07-21)

2016 Dixie Baseball 15-U World Series at Ozark, Ala. 07-21: Ozark, Alabama 6, Spring Hill 4 2016 Dixie Baseball Ozone (ages 12-U) State Championship at Sebring’s Max Long Baseball Complex 07-16: Avon Park – bye. Wesley Chapel American 2, Lake Placid 0 Bartow 15, Wesley Chapel National 3 (3) Sebring 16, Spring Hill American 4 (5) NOTES – Spring Hill led 3-1 after 2½ innings before Sebring outscored its opponent,…

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Corwin Wilkes

Dixie Baseball Scoreboard (thru 07-20)

2016 Dixie Baseball Ozone (ages 12-U) State Championship at Sebring’s Max Long Baseball Complex 07-16: Avon Park – bye. Wesley Chapel American 2, Lake Placid 0 Bartow 15, Wesley Chapel National 3 (3) Sebring 16, Spring Hill American 4 (5) NOTES – Spring Hill led 3-1 after 2½ innings before Sebring outscored its opponent, 15-1 … Sebring cracked a game-high 14 hits, producing 15 earned runs off four West Hernando…

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Nathan Marsh

Dixie Baseball Scoreboard (thru 07-19)

2016 Dixie Baseball Ozone (ages 12-U) State Championship at Sebring’s Max Long Baseball Complex 07-16: Avon Park – bye. Wesley Chapel American 2, Lake Placid 0 Bartow 15, Wesley Chapel National 3 (3) Sebring 16, Spring Hill American 4 (5) NOTES – Spring Hill led 3-1 after 2½ innings before Sebring outscored its opponent, 15-1 … Sebring cracked a game-high 14 hits, producing 15 earned runs off four West Hernando…

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Javy Bonilla

Spring Hill Senior Boys All-Star Bonilla takes advantage of ‘second chance’

DIXIE BASEBALL Future HHS freshman nearly killed in a 2-car vehicle on May 9 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As weary sailors will attest, dead men do not tell tales. In May, Hernando County’s Dixie Baseball Youth League receiver, Ridge Manor’s Javier “Javy” Israel Bonilla survived the unthinkable. The 14-year-old Bonilla, a member of last Wednesday’s Spring Hill Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars State Championship at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex,…

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Michael Tietz

Dixie Baseball Scoreboard (thru 07-17)

2016 Dixie Baseball Ozone (ages 12-U) State Championship at Sebring’s Max Long Baseball Complex 07-16: Avon Park – bye. Wesley Chapel American 2, Lake Placid 0 Bartow 15, Wesley Chapel National 3 (3) Sebring 16, Spring Hill American 4 (5) NOTES – Spring Hill led 3-1 after 2½ innings before Sebring outscored its opponent, 15-1 … Sebring cracked a game-high 14 hits, producing 15 earned runs off four West Hernando…

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