Baseball: Hernando County buzz — March 21

Player of the week — Feb. 28-March 5

Johnny Giannie, Sr., Hernando Christian

Position: Pitcher

Season stats: 0.82 ERA, 29 strikeouts, .471 batting average

The lowdown: Three weeks ago, Giannie threw a combined nine innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out 17 in wins over Bayshore Christian and Cambridge Christian. Fans paid attention. Giannie had 54 percent of the votes (3,221) in the Hernando County baseball player of the year poll to beat out Nature Coast’s Christopher Moss, who had 43 percent (2,556).

Top three team rankings

Rank/teamRecordLast spot
1. Hernando9-1No. 1
2. Springstead7-4No. 3
3. Nature Coast5-4No. 2
On the bubble: Hernando Christian (5-1)

Week in review

Monday night rewind (March 14)


Fivay 14, Weeki Wachee 6

Bishop McLaughlin 8, Central 4

River Ridge 12, Hernando 6

Wesley Chapel 8, Nature Coast 0

Springstead 3, South Sumter 1

Prime time player of the night

Brendan Anderson, So., Springstead

Anderson’s first appearance on the mound this season was a successful one. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five in a win over South Sumter.

Other prime time performers

Anthony Talpa, Jr., Hernando: Went 3-for-4, including a grand slam, in a loss to River Ridge at the Farm Bureau Classic.

Tuesday night rewind (March 15)


Springstead 5, Bishop McLaughlin 2

Central 8, South Sumter 2

Hudson 7, Weeki Wachee 3

Hernando 16, Citrus 6

Prime time player of the night

Carlos Gonzalez, Jr., Hernando

He ended up going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Citrus at the Farm Bureau Classic.

Other prime time performers

Quinn Lenamon, Jr., Springstead: Threw six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out six in a win over Bishop McLaughlin at the Farm Bureau Classic.

Wednesday night rewind (March 16)


Hernando 9, Wesley Chapel 3

Bishop McLaughlin 2, Weeki Wachee 1

Land O’ Lakes 8, Central 1

Hudson 9, Nature Coast 6

Prime time player of the night

Will Taylor, Jr., Hernando

Led the Leopards by going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Wesley Chapel at the Farm Bureau Classic.

Monday’s matchup (March 21)

Zephyrhills Christian at Hernando Christian, 4