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Tampa Bay Softball Game Balls & Dinger Tracker - 2/20/24 - 2/24/24

Wiregrass Ranch P Reagan Beagle delivers a pitch in a preseason game against Palm Harbor University on Feb. 15, 2024.

What an eventful opening week!

 

Walk-offs, new faces, new teams to watch out for were prevalent all over the Tampa Bay area in one exciting first week of action across the yard. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to partake in it as much as we wanted to – Will’s day job got a little busy – but we’re back to recapping everything that went on with Game Balls and Dinger Trackers for all of Week 1’s games.

 

Editor’s note on some programming notes: Week 1 Player of the Week remains on pace and should be live on the site Wednesday 2/28. POTW should be up each Wednesday. Coaches Polls will be back in Week 2 with a full slate (I know we missed North/South Suncoast and Polk in the preseason). Still adjusting to the balance with a new job!


Tuesday:


Game Balls:


Jada Phillips, Sr., Braden River – In her first game back in a Braden River uniform in two seasons, the LSU signee was a single short of the cycle in a 3-for-3 effort that saw her drive in five and score four runs in a run-rule victory against Cardinal Mooney.

 

Reagan Beagle, Jr. P, Wiregrass Ranch – Against her former team, Beagle threw five innings in relief, allowing just a lone hit and an unearned run, striking out seven as the Bulls rallied from an early deficit to defeat Wesley Chapel, 6-4.

 

Baelee Garland, Jr., Manatee – The Hurricanes’ tilt with Lakewood Ranch was filled with homers and Garland had a pair of them to go along with a double. She scored four times to help Manatee earn a nine-run road win.

 

Allison Cole, Jr. P, Riverview (Sarasota) – It was quite the debut for the Rams’ left-hander, who struck out 13 across eight innings in a 3-2 victory over Venice. Cole added a 2-for-3 night at the plate and allowed just three hits and four walks.

 

Elle Hildreth, Jr. P, Inspiration Academy – A 93-pitch complete game was enough for the junior righty to earn a 3-1 victory over Sarasota. Hildreth allowed a lone unearned run on three hits and she scored a run in a 1-for-3 offensive performance.


Dinger Tracker:


Baelee Garland, Manatee 2 (2)

Grace Shaw-Rockey, Lakewood Ranch 2 (2)

Shannon Kendall, Academy at the Lakes (1)

Jada Phillips, Braden River (1)

Alexis Camilleri, Calvary Christian (1)

Addisyn Slocum, Hernando Christian (1)

Gianna Close, Hollins (1)

Helena DeWalt, Hudson (1)

Jaila Mitchell, Land O’Lakes (1)

Mikaila Rodgers, Lennard (1)

Brenna Rush, Mitchell (1)

Graci Quinlan, Plant (1)

Olive Masters, Plant (1)

Addison Futch, Osceola (1)

Theresa Diez, Osceola (1)

Mackenzie Vozdecky, River Ridge (1)

Hannah Sorenson, Seminole (1)

Elise Graham, St. Petersburg Catholic (1)


Wednesday:


Game Balls:

 

Avery Powers, Jr. P, Berkeley Prep – While her offense was tremendous behind her, Powers got her junior season off to a tremendous start with a 13-strikeout one-hitter to down rival Tampa Catholic, 10-0.

 

Shannon Kendall, Sr. P, Academy at the Lakes – The Quinnipiac signee got the start and threw four shutout frames, then re-entered in the fifth and extinguished a furious Wesley Chapel rally to help Academy at the Lakes win its second in two days.

 

Sam Papp, Sr., Palm Harbor University – On an evening where the Hurricanes’ bats were hot across the lineup, Papp’s stick was the hottest. The senior went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to help PHU earn an 18-3 win at Canterbury.

 

Sophia Cannon, Sr. C, East Lake – With Cannon’s 3-for-4, two-RBI night, East Lake was able to win its second consecutive PCAC matchup in run-rule fashion. The senior also doubled in the Eagles’ six-inning triumph at Seminole.

 

Leanne Allen, Jr. P, Durant – A seven-strikeout complete game shutout of Strawberry Crest was the junior’s first and just the second time she’s gone the distance at the high school level. An impressive outing limited the Chargers to three hits and a walk.


Dinger Tracker:

 

Tayten Moore, Canterbury (2)

Holland Poe, Berkeley Prep (1)

Paige Quinn, Berkeley Prep (1)

Emma Shipley, Palm Harbor University (1)

Ava Blakely, Wesley Chapel (1)


Thursday:


Game Balls:

 

Margaret ‘Chic’ Jenkins, Jr. UTIL, Lake Region – Everything the junior touched went for extra bases in the Thunder’s home opener with Winter Haven. Jenkins hit two triples and homered to help drive in five of her side’s 14.

 

Cassidy Masters, Sr. P, Plant – In a rematch of last year’s Class 7A-Region 2 Quarterfinal, the Eckerd commit needed just 85 pitches to one-hit Newsome in a 6-0 win. Masters struck out ten and saw just two batters over the minimum.

 

Camryn Demilio, Fr. P, Riverview – After a successful preseason, the freshman kept her shutout streak going. Demilio fired the first complete game shutout of her career in a six-strikeout three-hitter of Sickles. The Sharks won a pitcher’s duel, 2-0.

 

Mia Schwaner, Jr., River Ridge – It was an impressive performance for the Royal Knights in a 12-0 victory over district foe Cypress Creek and Schwaner highlighted a bevy of strong offensive performances. She went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.

 

Victoria Wirth, Fr., St. Petersburg – Two hits, three RBI and a triple boosted the Green Devils to an important win over Hollins. All in all, it was a promising first week for the freshman, who had five hits and two triples in St. Petersburg’s first two games.

 

Dinger Tracker:

 

Mya Ankers, Armwood (1)

Tikema Jackson, Armwood (1)

Madison Duncan, Cardinal Mooney (1)

Chic Jenkins, Lake Region (1)

Kirsten Aldridge, Lake Region (1)

Addison Swink, Plant (1)

Natalia Leon, Riverview (1)

Morgan Mason, Robinson (1)

Liberty Savarese, Springstead (1)


Friday:


Game Balls:

 

KK Hollenkamp, Sr. P, Academy of the Holy Names – Between a home run, a complete game victory and a whole host of strikeouts, there wasn’t much more someone could do on a softball field. Hollenkamp went 3-for-3, hit her first homer of the year and struck out 19 on 108 pitches to lead Holy Names’ 5-4 victory at Land O’Lakes.

 

Julia Tamulski, Jr., Calvary Christian – A three-hit night pushed the Warriors to an 8-1 win at Lake Region. Tamulski was quite the thorn in the Thunder’s side, considering she scored three times and swiped a pair of bags in the victory.

 

Dani Brunner, Jr. P, Northeast – Brunner was one pitch short of the century mark but was efficient and effective to help the Vikings defeat Pinellas Park, 8-1. The junior struck out ten and allowed the Patriots to three hits, a walk and an unearned run.

 

Kaia Cortes, Sr., Berkeley Prep – The Bucs scored 12 of their 14 runs at Lakewood Ranch in the first two innings and Cortes was a major offensive threat, going 3-for-5 with three driven in and a double.

 

Paige Sofge, So. P, Largo – Striking out six is one thing, but driving in six is another. Sofge did both to earn the Packers’ first victory of the new campaign. The sophomore doubled twice and went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.


Dinger Tracker:

 

Grace Shaw-Rockey, Lakewood Ranch (2)

Olivia Shephard, Lakewood Ranch (1)

Anna Taylor, Weeki Wachee (1)

KK Hollenkamp, Academy of the Holy Names (1)

Kiersten Stevens, Land O’Lakes (1)

Reagan Lavina, Calvary Christian (1)

Payton Cushman, Calvary Christian (1)


Saturday:


Game Balls:

 

Molly Johnson, Jr., East Bay – In an otherwise unceremonious weekend for the Indians at the Buffalo Stampede Tournament in The Villages, Johnson’s complete game six-hitter against Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) to push East Bay to a 6-2 victory was a bright spot.

 

Gracie Murphy, Sr., Berkeley Prep – A three-hit game for the senior was important to push the Buccaneers to a 3-1 win at Sarasota in their Week 1 finale, perhaps even more importantly, it was Murphy’s 100th career hit in a Berkeley Prep uniform.

 

Dinger Tracker:

 

Elle Hildreth, Inspiration Academy (1)

Jade Carnahan, Inspiration Academy (1)

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