MANATEE -- Days after his brother signed a letter-of-intent, Manatee defensive linemen Chris Pompey signed Tuesday with Eastern Kentucky, according to Hurricanes coach Joe Kinnan.
Pompey, a defensive end, had 81 tackles and a team-best 12 sacks for Manatee this year, and is expected to play a hybrid position as a linebacker that can rush off the end or drop back into coverage once he hits college.
Kinnan, who was an assistant for seven years at EKU and helped the school win the 1979 Division I-AA national title, told Dane Damron, EKU’s special teams coach, that Pompey was one of Manatee’s best players on kick and punt coverages.
The Colonels compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.
Quinton Pompey signed with Iowa State over the weekend.
BRADEN RIVER 14, BAYSHORE 0 -- Dalton Busby was 2-for-4, with five RBIs, two runs scored and a three-run double as the visiting Pirates (1-0, 1-0) cruised over the Bruins (1-1, 0-1).
Other offensive stars for Braden River included Ryan Fischer (2-for-3, double, two RBIs, three run scored), Dylan Lee (2-for-3, double, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Jerrod Leinhauser (3-for-4, two runs scored, RBI. Dakota Wilson struck out three and didn’t give up a hit in three innings of work for the win.
n In JV action, Taylor Rahn had two hits, three RBIs and a run scored to lead the Pirates (1-0) to a 16-6 win over the Bruins (0-1). Alec Neuzil added a single, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored for Braden River.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 10, PALMETTO 0 -- Seth McGarry led the host Mustangs to an opening game victory -- from the mound and at the plate. He pitched six innings, struck out 11 and gave up just three hits and one walk; he also went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Brandon King was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Connor Lewellen added a double for Lakewood Ranch (1-0).
Grandon Goetzman had a triple for the Tigers (0-1).
SOUTHEAST (H) 3, PORT CHARLOTTE 2 -- Joe Muldoon and Mike Ferry had RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh as the host Seminoles (1-0)opened their season with an exciting victory. Ferry’s game-winner bounced off warning track.
BRADEN RIVER 13, BAYSHORE 0 -- Melissa Malanczuk had three hits and Brooke Ribarich had three RBIs to lead a 17-hit attack by the visiting Pirates (2-1)
SOUTHEAST 19, SARASOTA BOOKER 11 -- The Seminoles (1-1, 1-0) appear to be in midseason form at the plate as they scored a big home victory.
Amberlea Norman was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and three runs scored; Kelsey Koleff was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two doubles and three runs scored; and Michelle McGee was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, a double and three runs scored.
McGee also picked up the victory on the mound.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 19, PALMETTO 1 -- Dana Hutchins and Jenn Trotter each had three RBIs as the host Mustangs (3-0, 1-0) put on an offensive show against the Tigers. Hunter Elling (2-0) struck out nine over three innings of work for Lakewood Ranch.
Hutchins also was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored; while Trotter was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
SARASOTA 5, BRADEN RIVER 1 -- Jared Beiber and Michael Page picked up the lone victory for the Pirates (0-2) in No. 2 doubles. Braden River next takes on Lakewood Ranch on Thursday.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 6, ENGLEWOOD LEMON BAY 1 -- The Mustangs won the top four matches for an easy team victory at home over Lemon Bay (1-3). Winners were No.1 Arsav Mohanty, No. 2 Drew Christianson, No. 3 Leo Murri and No. 4 Frank Pistella. The top doubles team of Mohanty and Christianson, and the No. 2 team of Murri and Pistelli also won. Lakewood Ranch (3-0) takes on Saint Stephen’s at home at 4 p.m. today.
RIVERVIEW 4, SAINT STEPHEN’S 2 -- The Falcons’ Zach Bessette won at No. 1 singles, and Alec Morris won at No. 3 on their home court.
RIVERVIEW 6, SAINT STEPHEN’S 1 -- Perri Anderson had the lone victory for the Falcons (1-1) in her No. 1 singles match.
SARASOTA 6, BRADEN RIVER 1 -- The lone victory for the Pirates (1-1) came from Aly Delrose (6-3, 6-2) at No. 5 singles.
ENGLEWOOD LEMON BAY 5, LAKEWOOD RANCH 2 -- The Mustangs won at No. 1 singles with Cari Berry and won the No. 1 doubles match as Berry teamed with Sammi Aiezza. Lakewood Ranch (1-2) hosts Saint Stephen’s at 4 p.m. today.
STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 10, SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE 1 -- Stephen Leasure pitched a three-hitter over six innings with seven strikeouts for the victory over the Raiders. Leading the offensive attack, Brad Dantzler went 5-for-6 with an RBI, Paul Stortini was 2-for-5 and Roderick Shoulders went 2-for-4. SCF (8-4) next takes on Tallahassee Community College at home at 6 p.m. Friday.
-- Herald staff reports