HOLIDAY - The Greater Holiday Little League Junior all-star team has been waiting for the opportunity to play in its first game of the summer. Problem is, Mother Nature has not been cooperative.
Play was rained out nearly every night this past week, forcing the club to wait for clear skies.
The team is in good spirits awaiting their opportunity to finally get a game in, Junior all-star coach Scott Parry said. GHLL officials are looking into possibly relocating the team's first couple of games from Holiday to the Dunedin Blue Jays' fields, but nothing has been decided, Parry said.
"We're chomping at the bit to get out there and play," Parry said. "There are regionals and sectionals tournaments that lead to the Little League World Series, and if we can't play these games, it limits our chances of moving far at all. My boys are still excited and just waiting to get in it."
The 9- and 10-year-old all-star team found some luck with the weather and was able to finish a tournament at the Countryside Little League, defeating Countryside 15-3, Largo 11-10 and Palm Harbor 17-0.
Dade City baseball team moving on
It has been a tough week for all Tampa Bay area Little League all-star teams trying to get their respective games in, but Dade City Little League found a way to work in most of its contests. The Dade City Big Leaguers were in the Section IV tournament last week and played a best-of-three series against East Point.
Dade City swept the series, 13-0 and 10-1, to win the section championship. The series was, at first, supposed to be played in North Seminole, but drainage issues forced its move to Dade City. The team moves on to states this weekend at South Orange Little League, according to Dade City LL president Stephanie Polk.
Dade City softball takes championship
The Dade City Junior softball team took home the District 25 championship after grinding out a series victory against Land O' Lakes. Dade City took two out of three from Land O' Lakes, winning 5-3 and 3-2, after dropping the first contest 12-11.
With the series victory, Dade City punches in its ticket to state, which will be played next weekend in Lakewood Ranch.
"I haven't ever seen our baseball and softball fields the way they are," Polk said. "Our crews have really done a great job of prepping the field and trying to get everything cleaned up. The kids and parents have been sports and have done a good job in the rain."
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