Area baseballteams dropout of district
It was a tough night for area high school baseball teams Wednesday night in district semifinal action.
Braden River fell 7-0 to Venice in a Class 7A-District 11 semifinal, Lakewood Ranch suffered a 4-0 loss to Seminole Osceola in a Class 6A-District 12 semifinal, and Bayshore dropped a 16-4 decision against Dunedin in a Class 5A-District 12 semifinal.
That leaves just two teams, Class 3A-District 10 finalists Cardinal Mooney and Out-of-Door Academy standing among area teams. They will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at McKechnie Field.
ST. PETERSBURG SHORECREST 13, SAINT STEPHEN'S 3 (5) -- The host Chargers pounded out 17 hits and scored at least a run in every inning of a mercy-rule win over the Falcons in a Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinal.
Saint Stephen's, which finishes the season 6-11, trailed just 5-3 in the third after scoring a pair of runs. Shorecrest rolled from their to its 12th straight win.
BAYSHORE 16, RUSKIN LENNARD 2 -- The Bruins cruised in a Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinal on the road and will visit Tampa Blake at 7 p.m. April 30 for a trip to the region final.
No other details were available.
STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 6, POLK STATE COLLEGE 1 -- Robby Kalaf allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work as the host Manatees improved to 37-10, 20-4 in the Suncoast Conference.
Kalaf struck out six and allowed three hits. Sean Trent led the offense with two hits, while Julian Santos scored twice.
SOUTHEAST -- Seminoles quarterback Myles Braxton-Johnson announced he will play for Georgetown University next season.
Braxton-Johnson will move to slot receiver for the Hoyas, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) team that plays in the Patriot League along with Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross.
"I am going there as an athlete, but I am going to play the slot," Braxton-Johnson said. "It's the best spot for me to get on the field and the coaches said they wanted a slot receiver who had experience playing quarterback. I think my background as a quarterback will help."
Braxton-Johnson joined Southeast senior golfer Ryan Wolfe in a signing ceremony Wednesday at the school. Wolfe signed with Johnson & Wales University, an NAIA powerhouse in North Miami. The school won the national title in 2005.
Wolfe has led the Seminoles program for four years as a starter on the boys golf team. During his career, he earned four consecutive trips to the region tournament. Wolfe's best score in the region tourney was a pair of 75s he posted his sophomore and senior years. He also fired a 72 to snag fourth place in the district tourney during his junior year.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Braxton-Johnson was born in Silver Springs, Maryland, which is less than an hour away from Georgetown and he has always been a fan of the Hoyas. He moved to Florida in the fourth grade.
A top level student with a 4.4 weighted GPA, Braxton-Johnson said he will major in pre-med and hopes to become a doctor. He said a combination of scholarships he has received will pay for his costs.
-- Herald staff reports, the Tampa Bay Timescontributed to this report