The favorites are starting to emerge after a couple of rounds in the District 6 tournaments.
In minor (9- and 10-year-olds) baseball, Bayshore has laid claim to that distinction with a 10-0 victory against host Palma Ceia on Monday. In two games, Bayshore has outscored its opponents 28-2 and needs only to beat the winner of Palma Ceia and Northside on Wednesday to advance to the district championship.
Palma Ceia knocked off Northside 12-9 on Sunday after Northside pounded out 18 runs against Skyway in its first game.
In the other half of the minor field, also at Palma Ceia, West Tampa and Tampa Bay recorded victories Sunday to set up a meeting between the two today in the winners' bracket.
Tampa Bay is in control of Field A of the major tournament after beating Northside 7-0 on Monday. With a nucleus of the team that advanced to the minor state tournament in consecutive years, Tampa Bay has experience on its side.
Northside had beaten Keystone 12-0 to get to Tampa Bay, but it was the second impressive victory in a row for Tampa Bay, which beat the Yellow Jackets 16-1 on Saturday. Northside will have to beat Keystone today then beat Tampa Bay twice to get out of this half of the bracket.
In Field B at Skyway Park Little League, Citrus Park and Bayshore face off in the winners' bracket today and West Tampa and Palma Ceia play an elimination game.
In junior softball, Tampa Bay, which fell two runs shy of winning a World Series title last year, beat Citrus Park 9-5 on Sunday. Citrus Park bounced back with a 13-0 victory Monday but will have to go through Tampa Bay to prevent it from taking the first step toward a repeat.
Fourteen was the magic number in the major softball tournament Sunday as both Bayshore/Interbay and Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia scored that many runs to set up today's winners' bracket contest.
The Yellow Jackets and Palma Ceia seem primed to meet to decide the junior title. The Yellow Jackets squeezed past host Tampa Bay 10-8 on Sunday to remain the lone undefeated team in Field A. Tampa Bay's 12-1 win Monday gives it another chance at the Yellow Jackets.
Palma Ceia is the home team in Field B, and with a win today, it can stay at home for the district final. A 10-8 victory against Citrus Park on Sunday put Palma Ceia into the final, where it only needs to win one of two games against Northside to meet the winner from Field A.