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Lady Bombers eke out championship

By EMERY SKOLFIELD, Youth sports
Published August 5, 2007


The tournament statistics suggest utter dominance for the Clearwater Lady Bombers, but it took a run-scoring single in the final inning of the final game to lift the Bombers to victory at last month's National Softball Association South Class B World Series in Auburndale.

Palm Harbor resident Samantha McCloskey belted an RBI single in the seventh, pushing across the winning run and lifting the 14-under team to a 4-3 victory over the Oviedo Blaze.

The team, managed by East Lake's Mike Estes, outscored opponents 42-10 and didn't allow more than three runs in any game during the tournament.

"We felt this team had a chance to be something really special," said Estes, whose team boasted a .469 batting average and .655 on-base percentage during tournament play. "We challenged them all summer, and they played well."

Team members were McCloskey, Jessica Anderson, Kristen Berlo, Dani-Lynn Darby

Brittnay Estes, Kristy Fudge, Jackie Jacobsen, Hailee Keisling, Stephanie Koutsoumbaris, MaKayla Powers, Taylor Sabol, Madison Saganowich and Chrissy Tabulov.

Assistant coaches were Scott Fudge, Jeff Powers and Gordon McCloskey.

BASEBALL: The Pinellas County-based 15-under Florida Barracudas leave Aug. 9 for a 10-day, seven-game voyage to Beijing, China, where they will play against teams from China, Korea and Australia at the Beijing International Baseball Tournament.

The team is managed by Seminole's Mike Davis and sponsored by American Legion Post 14. Team members are Travis Scott, Ben Emery, Ryan Danko, Jay Vandi, J.L. Monson, Will McBrayer, Adrian Davis, Adam Graves, Joey Kerr, Dakota McClean and Donny Norris.

BASKETBALL: Four players from Pinellas County were members of the AAU state champion Tampa Extreme, a 10-under girls basketball team coached by St. Petersburg's Theresa Swinton.

Deja Swinton and Niaya White of St. Petersburg and Alex Alford and Deja Blount of Clearwater played for the Extreme, which finished runnerup to the Fairfax Va. Stars in the Classic Division of last month's AAU National Championships in Orlando.

SWIMMING: Taylor Katz, 12, of the Clearwater Aquatic Team, won high-point honors in the 11-12 girls division and set two state records at the Florida Swimming Junior Olympic Championship on July 19-22 at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center.

Katz set state Junior Olympic records in the 200-meter individual medley (2:25.88) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.69). She also won the 100, 200 and 400 freestyles and the 50 butterfly for a total of six event victories.

The 10-year-old tandem of Morgan Perrotti and Sydney Pickrem combined for four victories for CAT, which finished fourth among 50 teams with 1,129.50 points. Perrotti won the 50 and 100 butterflies, while Pickrem won the 50 and 100 breaststrokes.

For St. Petersburg Aquatics, Summer Finke was the high-point winner among 10-under girls, winning the 100, 200 and 400 freestyles, the 50 and 100 backstrokes, and the 200 IM.

SPA's Megan Romano won the 200 freestyle at the Speedo Championships, July 12-15 in Fort Lauderdale.

SOCCER: Bryane Heaberlin, a goalkeeper on the under-15 Clearwater Chargers, recently was selected to participate in the U.S. Soccer U-14 national camp in Carson, Calif.

If you have news for this column, contact Times correspondent Emery Skolfield via e-mail at

[Last modified August 4, 2007, 22:31:17]

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