Player of the week — March 7-12
Patrick Hopkins, Sr., Lakeside Christian
Season stats: 2.84 ERA, 18 strikeouts
The lowdown: Two weeks ago, Hopkins threw a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in a five-inning win over Gibbs. Fans took notice. Hopkins had 46 percent of the votes (4,526) in the Pinellas County baseball player of the week poll to beat out Keswick Christian’s Tyler Wabnitz, who had 32 percent (3,218).
Tuesday night rewind (March 22)
Boca Ciega 10, Gibbs 0
Calvary Christian 8, Shorecrest 3
Seffner Christian 13, Indian Rocks Christian 0
Sarasota Christian 8, Lakeside Christian 0
Clearwater Central Catholic 14, St. Petersburg Catholic 5
Largo 5, Clearwater 1
Countryside 10, Fivay 4
Seminole 9, Tarpon Springs 0
Hollins 5, Northeast 3
Prime time team of the night
The Packers had to replace 10 seniors who graduated. Losing that much experience on the roster was going to take a toll, at least early in the season. But after starting 1-3, Largo is starting to turn things around. The Packers have won five of their last six games. On Tuesday, they broke open a close game by scoring three runs in the fifth inning and adding another in the sixth to beat Clearwater 5-1 and extend their win streak to four.
Prime time player of the night
Joseph Geiger, Jr., Boca Ciega
Threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out six on the mound and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate in a win over Gibbs.
Other prime time performers
Ryan Crivello, Sr., Calvary Christian: Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Shorecrest.
Nathan Evans, Sr., Countryside: Led the Cougars by going 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs in a win over Fivay.
Colin Frezza, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Powered the Marauders’ offense by going 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over St. Petersburg Catholic.
Joseph Geiger, Jr., Boca Ciega: Threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out six on the mound and going 2-for-3 with three RBIs in a win over Gibbs.
Jackson Graden, Jr., Seminole: Allowed one hit and recorded 11 strikeouts in six scoreless innings to beat Tarpon Springs.
Jacob Leap, Sr., Largo: Went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in a win over Clearwater.
John Lewis, Jr., Hollins: Threw five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out two in a win over Northeast.
Alex Miller, Jr., Hollins: Finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a win over Northeast.
Dylan Schultz, Sr., Countryside: Went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored in a win over Fivay.
Jack Spinnato, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Ended up going 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over St. Petersburg Catholic.
Wednesday’s matchups (March 23)
Northside Christian at Tampa Catholic, 6
St. Petersburg at IMG Blue, 6:30
Boca Ciega at Lakewood, 6
East Lake at Pinellas Park, 7