Commentary | State College of Florida youth night around the corner

April 8, 2014 

State College of Florida's annual Youth Night at Wynn Field takes place Wednesday, April 16.

The Manatees battle Hillsborough Community College in a 6 p.m. baseball game. Youth players in uniform gain free admission for themselves and their entire family. There's also a free cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs) at 5:30 p.m. while supplies last, free giveaways in between innings and in between inning games.

The youth players in complete uniform also will accompany SCF players on the field for the National Anthem. Those players must be ready to go by 5:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the SCF Athletic Department at 752-5261.

Gladiators in playoff march

The quest for the elusive Florida Football Alliance championship gets underway this Saturday for the Bradenton Gladiators.

The journey started with the regular season, but this week's contest is

an NFC Divisional playoff game. The winner moves on, the loser has its season conclude.

The Gladiators host local rival Sarasota at 7 p.m. at the Manatee Police Athletic League Complex.

The winner meets the winner of the Orlando Rage and Daytona Beach Wildcats in the NFC Championship game the following week.

Bradenton (9-1) defeated the Millionaires in two previous meetings this season by a 44-25 margin. The last contest, though, was a 17-15 Gladiators victory.

BEACH DAWGS shine

The Bradenton BEACH DAWGS had three baseball teams in competition at the Suncoast State Championship tournament this past weekend.

The 10-and-younger White team didn't record a victory in three games, but was highlighted by Justin Cook's second home run of the season.

In the 11-and-younger division, the BEACH DAWGS Red team went 2-2 and lost to the eventual tournament champions, Team Florida, in Sunday's second round.

For the event, the leading hitters were: Wyatt Sevin (4-for-7, four runs, three walks, five stolen bases, RBI; four innings pitched, six hits, three strikeouts, three earned runs, one win and one loss), Lucas Hartman (2-for-7, four walks, three runs; seven innings pitched, eight strikeouts, two hits, zero runs allowed), Logan O'Leary (6-for-9, two runs, five RBIs; seven innings pitched, four hits, six strikeouts, one earned run, win), Jeremie Swafford (grand slam home run, five RBIs), Nathan Hyman (3-for-9, three runs, two RBIs, three stolen bases), Joey Benante (3-for-11, RBI, run), Dante Talarico (2-for-8, two runs, two RBIs, two walks), Ethan Kaelin (3-for-8, run, walk, four stolen bases), James Duffy (3-for-6, four walks, five stolen bases, hit-by-pitch, five runs) and Connor McCray (two runs, two stolen bases).

And in the 13-and-younger group, the BEACH DAWGS went 1-3 and lost in the semifinal game. Leading hitters included: Mike Madigan (4-for-9, walk, five stolen bases, four runs, RBI, triple), Drake Theriot (3-for-7, walk, run), Will Clem (3-for-10, RBI, two runs, stolen base), Ben Tobio (2-for-8, four walks, two RBIs, four runs, two stolen bases), Connor Landers (5-for-9, run, three RBIs, walk) and Ty Hooks (2-for-5, walk; four innings pitched, earned run, two strikeouts, win).

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.

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