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Time to vote: Softball player of the week

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Here are the nominees for the softball player of the week. Voting lasts through Wednesday. 

C Lydia Castro, Sr., Newsome: Had a combined six hits in four games last week, none bigger than the bunt single that drove home the winning run in the eighth inning against East Ridge in the Kissimmee Klassic title game. 

1B/3B Destiny DeHoyos, Sr., Robinson: Provided some pop with a combined three homers and 11 RBIs to help the Knights go 3-1 at the Kissimmee Klassic. 

P/1B Maddie Droz, Sr., Bloomingdale: Finished 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and four RBIs in a win over Sarasota and threw a two-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out eight to beat East Bay. 

C/CF Tayten Moore, Fr., Canterbury: Ended up a combined 7-for-11 with a double and seven RBIs in wins over St. Cloud, Matanzas and Merritt Island at the Kissimmee Klassic. 

P Mariah Rivera, Sr., Osceola: Led the Warriors by going a combined 7-for-9 with two doubles, two homers and six RBIs in three wins. 

3B Mandy Schwartz, Jr., Cypress Creek: Went a combined 5-for-6 with three homers, a double and six RBIs in a loss to River Ridge and a win over Sunlake. 

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PCAC baseball teams announced

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Here are the Pinellas County Athletic Conference baseball teams. The players are from public schools in the county. The selections were made by the coaches. 

North division

First team

P Garrett Moran, Jr., Palm Harbor University

P Cooper Consiglio, So., East Lake

P Noah Palmese, Sr., Seminole

C Oliver Hahn, Sr., Seminole

IF Jake Mummau, Sr., Palm Harbor University

IF Sammy Mummau, So., Palm Harbor University

IF Dominic Merrer, Jr., East Lake

IF Anton Ortega, Sr, Clearwater

IF Aaron Deegan, Sr., Seminole

OF Nelson Taylor, Sr., Clearwater

OF Marcus Brodil, Sr., Dunedin

OF Corey Moore, Fr., Clearwater

OF Jean Ovalles, Sr., Seminole

UTIL David Stokely, Sr., Tarpon Springs

DH Marco Dinges, Sr., East Lake

Second team

P Jeremy Devin, Sr., East Lake

P Cody Little, Sr., Seminole

P Jacob Thomas, So., Clearwater

C Chase Ciatto, Sr., Clearwater

IF Dylan Silverstein, Sr., Seminole

IF Nolen Ford, Sr., Palm Harbor University

IF Cody Potts, Sr., Clearwater

IF Jacob Riegel, So., Palm Harbor University

IF Max Oliveira, Jr., Tarpon Springs

OF Sean Smith, East Lake

OF Trey Beard, So., Dunedin

OF Victor Gayson, Jr., Tarpon Springs

OF Steven Lessard, Sr., Palm Harbor University

UTIL Colin Sengkhounmany, Jr., East Lake

DH Tyler Strickland, Sr., Seminole

South division

First team

P Sean Melanson, Sr., Northeast

P Corey Braun, Sr., Osceola

P Ryan Cleary, Sr., Pinellas Park

C Jordan Cook, Sr., Pinellas Park

IF Torry Jones, Sr., Lakewood

IF Eddie Daraphet, Sr., Osceola

IF Nate Cannizzaro, Sr., Northeast

IF Amai Rivera Martinez, Jr., Northeast

IF Ryan Willis, Sr., Northeast

OF David Martinez, Sr., Lakewood

OF Michael Doyle, Sr., Osceola

OF Jacob Green, Jr., Hollins

OF Brad Myers, Sr., Northeast

UTIL Ryland Bozenhard, So., Hollins

DH Bobby Lavely, Sr., Boca Ciega

Second team

P Jackson Fagan, Jr., Lakewood

P Kenny Robinson, So., Hollins

C Atticus Huffstutler, Fr., Lakewood

IF Jeremiah Morris, Sr., Lakewood

IF Josh Castellini, Fr., Hollins

IF Dallas Webb, Jr., Hollins

IF Cayden Evans, Jr., Northeast

IF Tyler Stocksdale, Jr., Boca Ciega

OF Anthony Perkins, Sr., Lakewood

OF Hector Laporte, Sr., Hollins

OF Connor Dugan, Jr., Boca Ciega

OF Luke Percifield, Jr., Osceola

UTIL Caiden O’Brien, Jr., Osceola

DH Keenan Haugabrok, Sr., Northeast

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Shannon Saile has spotlight in history-making softball game

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Former Land O’ Lakes standout Shannon Saile had the spotlight when she took the mound in Saturday’s history-making moment in college softball. 

Saile, a redshirt senior, was named the starting pitcher for Oklahoma in game two of its Super Regional series against Washington. The game is being aired on ABC, the first time a college softball game has appeared on national television. 

A star initially at Florida International, Saile transferred to Oklahoma, where she compiled a combined 18-4 record and 215 strikeouts the past two seasons.

She decided to return to the Sooners once last season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

To prepare, Saile works out with former Land O’ Lakes pitcher Callie Turner, now at Tennessee. They throw off a makeshift mound in an area neighborhood designed by Gators assistant coach Vinny Guarracino. The rubber is made from pieces of an old tire. Home plate is assembled from wood. 

There are other workout items Saile has at her disposal, all courtesy of the Sooners. She has body bands, medicine balls and jump ropes. Oklahoma even sent her a diamond kinetic ball that can track the velocity, as well as the spin rate and direction, on each pitch. 

Saile (featured photo above courtesy of OU Athletics) spent the summer playing for the Bradenton Slice in the seven-team FGCL, the first league of its kind for college softball players. She was dominant, finishing first in strikeouts and third in ERA. 

This season, Saile is 16-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 116 strikeouts entering the second game of the Washington series. 

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Baseball: CCC hires former Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler

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For the first time in nearly four decades, Clearwater Central Catholic has a new baseball coach. 

On Friday, the school announced via social media the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler to take over the program. Wheeler replaces Todd Vaughan, who stepped down three weeks ago after coaching the Marauders for 33 seasons. 

Wheeler, 43, spent 14 seasons at the major league level, including two stints (1999-2001, 2007-10) with Tampa Bay. He was drafted by the Devil Rays, where he spent three seasons before playing for the Mets (2003-04) and Astros (2004-07), where he became a premier set-up man. 

In 2007, Wheeler started his second stint with the Rays and was a member of the club’s 2008 World Series team. He finished his career with the Red Sox (2011) and Indians (2012). 

For the past two seasons, Wheeler was an assistant at CCC. He also has helped out with the Kangaroo Court/Top Tier club baseball programs. The Marauders finished 3-18 this past season.

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