SCF softballsweeps, getsleague title
Lakewood Ranch product Kayla Schappacher hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the State College of Florida softball team a 4-1 victory in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Polk State College on Thursday that handed the Manatees the Suncoast Conference title.
SCF (44-10, 13-3) won the opener 8-7. Paige Mathews got the victory in each game, striking out 15 total batters in 62/3 innings.
Ashley Brooks homered in the first game, and Dani Wayt and Kayla Bjorge had two hits apiece. Gianna Artidiello had two hits as well.
The Manatees trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap before rallying for four runs.
SCF last won a conference title in 2010.
Track and field
CLASS 2A-DISTRICT 10 MEET -- Freshman Zoe Hawkins-Smyk won a district title in the 1,600-meter run and ran the anchor leg of a championship 3,200-meter relay team Thursday to lead the Southeast High girls to a second-place finish at Tampa Spoto.
Hawkins-Smyk won the 1,600 in 6 minutes, 9.10 seconds. She joined Kristen Kubecka, Isabel Panganiban and Tia Borso to win the 3,200 relay in 11:21.96.
The Seminoles scored 121 points, second only to St. Petersburg Lakewood's 201.
The top four placers in each event advanced to next Thursday's Class 2A-Region 3 meet at Titusville Astronaut. See a list of all Southeast advancers with this story at Bradenton.com/sports.
The boys team finished fifth, but came away with two individual district titles. Anthony Lanzi won the discus with a throw of 136-11, and Kevin Williams took the shot put with an effort of 48-3.Other region qualifiers for the Southeast girls were Alicia Youmans (100 hurdles, second), Elsie Moreno (3,200 run, second), Elsa Lopez (3,200 run, third), Kubecka (800 run, third), Francesca Francois (discus, third; shot put, third), Carleen Porter (fourth, shot put), Nadia Lopez (3,200 run, fourth), Xavier Reaves (400 dash, third), 1,600 relay (second) and 400 relay (third).
Boys region qualifiers from Southeast are Williams (third, discus), Lanzi (third, shot put), the 400 relay team (third) and the 3,200 relay team (fourth).
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 4, SEFFNER CHRISTIAN 3 -- Hailey Dearlove doubled in Kathryn Prince and Savannah Shontere with the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host Panthers claimed their first Bay Conference championship since the conference began playing fast-pitch softball in 1994.
Dearlove went the distance on the mound, allowing two earned runs and five hits and striking out six. BCS finishes the regular season 10-10; the Crusaders are 13-6.
MANATEE 13, BAYSHORE 0 (5) -- The Hurricanes (20-6) honored Taylor O'Quinn, Molly McDonough and Courtney Bristow on Senior Night with an easy win over the visiting Bruins.
O'Quinn threw a one-hitter, striking out 10, and drove in two runs. Bristow went 2-for-2 and scored three times, and McDonough went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Amber Schaad hit a three-run home run, Reese Byrne had two hits and scored twice, and Kristi Woodruff and Hailey Hopkins each drove in two runs.
SOUTHEAST 14, BOOKER 0 (5) -- Kelsey Koleff and Amber Shawley celebrated Senior Night with a win over the visiting Tornadoes.
Koleff pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out five, and drove in four runs. Sarah Stevens went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Michelle Dellacosta drove in a pair of runs for Southeast (7-18).
PALMETTO 15, SAINT STEPHEN'S 0 (3) -- The Tigers (13-9) honored Eva Diaz, Katelyn Goforth and Tayler Uselton on Senior Night and routed the Falcons in the process.
Ashley Forrest threw a one-hitter, striking out four and walking three. Kendall Vedder went 2-for-2, Auria Mounts and Alex Bryant drove in two runs apiece.
MANATEE 3, RIVERVIEW 0 (10) -- The Hurricanes pitched a 10-inning shutout, allowing just two hits and two walks and striking out eight.
Chase Sandberg led Manatee (13-9) by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
ST. PETERSBURG CANTERBURY 8, MANATEE HEAT 0 -- The host Heat managed just four hits in a loss to drop to 13-10.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 9, ST. PETERSBURG KESWICK 1 -- Nick Runde fired a two-hitter, striking out two, as the visiting Falcons improved to 6-8.
Mike Roberts went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Nick Rodhouse and Sam O'Dell had two hits apiece.
JUNIOR VARSITY -- Scott Stout had two hits, Joey Ambrosino drove in two runs, and Codey Tennant pitched 5 1/2 strong innings as Lakewood Ranch defeated Venice 8-5 in the Riverview JV tournament. ... Philip Knowles threw a complete game, and Ryan Leunk had three hits as Bradenton Christian downed Out-of-Door Academy 13-2 in six innings.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 11, SARASOTA MILITARY ACADEMY JV 1 -- Nate Carr, Ethan Leuchter, Charlie Boothby, Drew Vigne and Jude Sedillo had two goals apiece Wednesday as the host Falcons (6-3) won.
On Thursday, the Saint Stephen's middle school team collected a 13-3 victory over Tampa Prep. Sedillo and Ali Sammour had three goals apiece, and Vigne had two. George Prince had three assists.
-- Herald staff reports