Briefs 3-19-17

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YOUTH BASEBALL
Here is the upcoming schedule for the 2017 Spring Season in the Sanford Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball League pre-sented by the City of Sanford Recreation Services Department at the Herbert “Whitey” Eckstein Youth Sports Complex at Chase Park on Celery Avenue and Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium and Zinn Beck Field on Mellonville Avenue. For more information visit _ www.sanfordyouthbaseball.com/ _ or on Facebook _ www.facebook.com/sanfordyouthbaseballofficial/.
TEE-BALL
Saturday, March 18
10 a.m. _ Braves vs. Rays, Field #1.
10 a.m. _ White Sox vs. Tigers, Field #2.
10 a.m. _ Cubs vs. Blue Jays, Field #3.
10 a.m. _ Pirates vs. Marlins, Field #4.
JUNIOR
Saturday, March 18
10:30 a.m. _ Blue Jays vs. Winter Springs, Central Winds Park, Field #4.
 
SENIOR BASEBALL
Here is the upcoming schedule in the Spring 25-and-Over, 35-and-Over and 45-and-Over leagues of the Orlando Senior Baseball Association that plays its games at Zinn Beck Field, Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium, South Orange Youth Complex and Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.
Visit the website _ www.leaguelineup.com/osba _ for more information on the league.
35-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, March 18
10 a.m. _ Reds @ Central FL Cardinals, Stadium.
10 a.m. _ Orlando Braves @ New Brewers, Zinn Beck.
45-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, March 18
1 p.m. _ Royals @ Mariners, Stadium.
1 p.m. _ Dr. Phillips Cubs @ White Sox, Zinn Beck.
25-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Sunday, March 19
10 a.m. _ Orlando Knights @ Orlando Brewers, Stadium.
10 a.m. _ Orlando Lugnuts @ Sanford Orioles, Zinn Beck.
 
RAIDERS SOFTBALL
The Seminole State College of Florida softball team (30-3 overall, 3-1 in Mid-Florida Conference) traveled to Palatka on Tuesday and split a doubleheader with St. Johns River State College, winning 8-0, but dropping the nightcap, 6-3.
The Raiders head to Jacksonville today (Saturday) for a doubleheader with Florida State College at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., before returning home to host Santa Fe College on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
All Raider home events are free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission is also available to the general public for a small fee. Visit the Athletics home page at _ www.seminolestate.edu/athletics/ _ for more information and to view the Raiders' complete season schedule and results.
 
RAIDERS BASEBALL
The Seminole State College of Florida Baseball team is now 15-17 overall, 1-5 in Mid-Florida Conference, after dropping a 4-3 decision to Rowan College at Gloucester County from Deptford Township, New Jersey on Wednesday.
The locals will open a 3-game M-FC series with Lake-Sumter State College at home today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. with Game 2 set for Monday in Leesburg and Game 3 next Wednesday at Pantelias Field with both set for a 3 p.m. first pitch.
All Raider home events are free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission is also available to the general public for a small fee. Visit the Athletics home page at _ www.seminolestate.edu/athletics/ _ for more information and to view the Raiders' complete season schedule and results.
 
UCF SOFTBALL
After a 5-3 setback vs. Iowa State in game one of a doubleheader, UCF freshman first baseman Jazmine Esparza was inserted into the lineup and sparked the Knights to an 11-3 six-inning victory in the night cap Tuesday at the UCF Softball Complex. The walk-off, two-run single on Military/First Responders Knight was delivered by sophomore designated player Tiffany Lower.
With the score tied 3-3, Esparza led off the fourth frame with the first of her two doubles into the left-center gap. The Sylmar, Calif., native came around to score the eventual game-winning run later that inning on a groundout. She finished the contest by going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Begin made her second-career start and notched her first victory at UCF (14-10). The Delta, B.C., native tossed all six innings and fanned two batters, while conceding just one earned run against Iowa State (11-15).
Following singles by sophomore catcher Cassady Brewer and senior right fielder Willow Kalinen in the fifth frame, Esparza connected on a two-out double to left field that stretched the Knights lead to 6-3.
Junior second baseman Courtney Rotton started a rally in the sixth inning with a double down the left field line. Two walks, a hit batter and an error increased the UCF advantage to 9-3 before Lower came through with a two-run infield single, implementing the eight-run rule.
Tough Start
The Knights held a 3-0 lead entering the six inning in game one, but Iowa State batted around and scored five times in that frame on its way to the victory.
UCF struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning on RBI singles from senior left fielder Linnea Goodman and junior centerfielder Megan Greenwell.
Rotton, Brewer and senior right fielder Willow Kalinen notched base hits in the third frame, but the Knights were un-able to extend their lead.
UCF took advantage of a pair of walks in the fifth frame to extend their lead to 3-0. Brewer got caught in a rundown between first and second base, which allowed Rotton to cross the plate.
Brewer, Goodman and Kalinen finished the contest with multi-hit games.
Freshman Kamryn Toney(4-2) was handed the loss after tossing five innings. The final two frame were closed out by Begin.
The Knights face their third Big 12 foe of the season with a weekend series against No. 15 Baylor. The three-game set started on Friday at the UCF Softball Complex, followed by single games at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) and noon on Sunday. No. 2 ranked FSU will be at the UCF Softball Complex on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, go to _ www.UCFknights.com _ and look for the link to the Softball Page.
 
UCF BASEBALL
The UCF Baseball team improved to 15-3 Tuesday, after defeating Bradley 12-9 at the UCF Baseball Complex.
After scoring a run in the first inning but relinquishing three in the third, the Knights racked up five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth.
Down 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, UCF catcher Anthony George was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for short stop Kam Gellinger. Bradley called to the bullpen for help, but the relievers would struggle with their control.
Gellinger drew a four-pitch walk, outfielder Eli Putnam was hit by a pitch, and outfielders Luke Hamblin and Kyle Marsh each walked. UCF scored a total of four runs in the sequence without putting the ball in play. Then, with his squad up 6-4, first-baseman Rylan Thomas delivered a single up the middle scoring two more runs before the inning would end.
Knights reliever Joe Sheridan got three quick outs in the top of the fifth and the Black and Gold went back to work. This time, designated hitter Bryce Peterson led off by blasting a solo home run over the center field wall. The next three-hitters would walk, loading the bases once again.
Another run scored on a wild pitch, before Marsh stepped up and ripped a triple to the right-field corner, scoring two more. The Black and Gold now had a 12-4 lead and the game seemed well in hand.
The Braves battled back in the seventh however, notching five runs in the top half of the inning. Five pinch hitters con-tributed to three hits, two errors, and two sacrifice’s that brought the visitors within striking distance. But the Knights were able to limit the damage before looking to relievers Jordan Scheftz and Bryce Tucker to bring home the win.
Scheftz gave up one hit, but struck out two and got a ground ball out in the eighth to set up a save situation for his teammate. Tucker then came on in the ninth and put the game away, fanning three-straight hitters. The save was his fifth of the season and it was the third time he has struck out the side in a save opportunity this season.
Next up, the Knights hosted Jacksonville Friday at the UCF Baseball Complex before heading to Jacksonville for games today (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) to finish the series.
 
ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD
Coming up at Orlando Speed World Dragway:
* Today (Saturday) is 1320X Midnight Madness. Street cars & street bikes only. Gates open @ 7 p.m. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues until midnight. General Admission is $10, plus a $5 race fee.
* “NEW” Grudge-Day Sunday. "All Welcome" Test-n-Tune & Grudge Racing. Free Swap Space with paid admission. Gates open at 10 a.m. Racing from 10 a.m.-to-5 p.m. Admission is $12; kids 10-Under free. Race Fee is $13.
The Dragway Information Hotline is at (407) 568-5522 and the website is at _ www.raceosw.com/dragway/.
SpeedWorld is located 17 miles east of Orlando in Bithlo at 19164 East Colonial Drive, between Orlando and Titusville on Highway 50 at the 520 Cocoa Cutoff.
 
ORLANDO CITY
Two weeks after its Opening Day victory, Orlando City SC (1-0-0, 3 points) returns home to face the Philadelphia Union (0-0-2, 2 points) today (Saturday). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Orlando City Stadium.
The match will locally televised on WRDQ TV 27, and will be transmitted on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and on La Nueva 990 AM in Spanish.
Orlando City returns to action following an eight-day hiatus for a FIFA International window when it visits Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. The Lions’ next home match is against the New York Red Bulls on April 9.
 
LMSA
Ahoy!
One in the books!
On Wednesday, the Lake Monroe Sailing Association opened their Wednesday Night Rum Race series sponsored by Gosling’s Rum!
Although there was a little chill in the air, the winds on the lake were perfect conditions for the 17-boat fleet to head out and race. Scott Marriott, LMSA Fleet Captain set the course from the old romance marks to number 10 navigational marker then the Ice Cream Cake Mark (Rum Race Mark) and back to the finish.
This was a quick race as the first boat, the no name Flying Scot of Scott Marriott completed the course in 37 minutes and 19 seconds. The last boat was under an hour as Mike Padgett’s “Shade Seeker” and her crew crossed the line!
After the race, the crew’s headed to the Breezeway for scoring and some Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy’s!
Congratulations to Scott Marriott as the first place planing boat, Ron Seaman’s as the first place multi-hull and new members Larry and Nancy Harrington for the first place displacement boat.
On top of their first win in displacement, the Harrington’s won the Gosling’s Rum and Ginger Beer to make their own Dark n’ Stormy’s at home!
Here are the results:
1. (Planing) No name (Scott Marriott), 0.41.39; 2. (Planing) Rosie (Tom McNally), 0.42.21; 3. (Multi-hull) Bye Bye (Ron Seamans), 0.42.47; 4. (Planing) Gen 5 (Steve Hayden), 0.43.21; 5. (Displacement) No name (Larry Harrington), 0.43.32; 6. (Planing) No name (Curtis Woodworth), 0.44.12; 7. (Displacement) Patriot (David Mair), 0.44.23; 8. (Displacement) Show Me (Andy Forrest), 0.44.35; 9. (Displacement) Arianna (Allister James), 0.44.38; 10. (Displacement) EL Gato (Jim Goempel), 0.45.49; 11. (Planing) Raider16 (Olivier Fleury), 0.46.33; 12. (Displacement) Spider Pig (Joe Lobato), 0.46.46; 13. (Displace-ment) Knot Fast (Matt Homan), 0.47.59; 14. (Planing) Gen 5 (Jeff Hayden), 0.48.07; 15. (Displacement) No name (Steve Clifton), 0.48.21; 16. (Displacement) Mon Cheri (Bob Jackson), 0.53.34; 17. (Displacement) Shade Seeker (Mike Padgett), 51.07.
All sailors are invited to participate in the Wednesday Night Rum Race! Come out and Sail with one of the most active sailing clubs in Central Florida!
Upcoming events:
* Sunday, March 26 _Sine Metu Race! Come out and sail with LMSA you may go home with a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey! Go to the following for sailing instructions _ http://www.flalmsa.org/?page_id=1268.
* Wednesday _ Wednesday Night Rum Racing. The starting window will be between 6:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We are very happy to announce our fourth year sponsorship with Gosling Rum and the Breezeway! After the race support the sponsor by ordering a Dark n’ Stormy! If you are looking to crew, e-mail us back and we will match you on a boat or be down at the ramp by 5:30 p.m. Sailing instructions can be found on the LMSA web site or click this link: http://www.flalmsa.org/?page_id=101.
Support Local Sailing:
* St. Augustine Race Week: March 23–26 _ http://www.staugustineraceweek.com/
* Mt Dora Yacht Club Regatta: April 1–2 _ http://www.mountdoraregatta.com/
* Lake Fairview Marina Fun Regatta: April 8 _ http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/14179.
The 2017 calendar is updated an on the website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions about any of the events.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or ideas.
For more information about LMSA, please visit our web site _ www.flalmsa.org _ or call (321) 578-8364.
Interested parties can find results from past races of 2016 on the "Race Results" page (www.flalmsa.org/?page_id=623) and results from year’s prior is on the Race Results Archive page (www.flalmsa.org/?p=2229).
So, what are you waiting for? You bought the boat, GO SAILING!
 
JUNIOR GOLF
Sanford junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in an upcoming Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour event.
The AJGT Rob Noel’s Golf Academy Spring Classic at Money Hill Golf Club in Abita Springs, LA, March 25–26.
The tournament entry fee is $195 and includes two days of green fees, tee gifts, and Trophies in four age divisions.
Recommended accommodations are available at Country Inn & Suites in Covington, LA. Please call 985-809-0467 for reservations and group rate.
The registration deadline is Wednesday March 22, at Noon.
The AJGT Glenn Armentor Law Corp. Spring Junior Classic at Farm d”Allie Golf Club in Carencro, LA, April 8–9.
The tournament entry fee is $195 and includes two days of green fees, tee gifts, and Trophies in four age divisions.
Recommended accommodations are available at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scott-Lafayette West, LA. Please call 337-232-6845 for reservations and group rate.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 5, at Noon.
The 2-day, 36-hole tournaments are ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour.
To enter an event, please call Diane Ford at 985-630-3066 or enter online at www.arrowheadjgt.com.
 
SOAP BOX RALLY
The City of Sanford Recreation Services Department and Central Florida Soap Box Derby will be hosting its final pre-Local Derby rally _ the April Rally _ on Saturday, April 8, at Sanford Derby Park.
Check in will be at 7 a.m., with racing beginning at 8 a.m. with the day consisting of a Double Elimination race for each class in the morning, followed by a lunch break and a Single Elimination race for each class in the afternoon.
The registration fee is $55 per car for single entries and $100 total per family (two or more family members).
The final day to register is Wednesday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Soap Box Derby racing is open to children ages 7 to 20 _ Stock, 7-to-13; Super Stock, 9-to-18; Masters, 10-to-20 _ with a limited number of loaner cars available for new participants.
Everyone, especially interested non-racers, is invited to attend any of the family friendly events, free of charge, at the beautiful Derby Park facility located on the west side of Sanford on Oregon Avenue, north off of CR-46A (25th Street/H. E. Thomas Parkway) or east off of Rinehart Road, just south of the GreeneWay entry. The track is East of Bentley Elemen-tary School.
For more information or to download a registration form, please check out the websites at www.AASBD.com or www.centralfloridasoapboxderby.com or call the City of Sanford Recreation Services Department at 407-688-5120.
 
USSSA SOFTBALL
Seminole County Government Leisure Services Department and Parks and Recreation is offering a USSSA-Sanctioned Spring Adult Slowpitch Softball League at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.
The league will begin play the week of Monday, April 10, and run for 10 weeks, followed by a tournament among the top four finishing teams.
Team registration is $425 and includes USSSA fee and a 1/2-dozen softballs.
Register at Red Bug Lake Park, 3600 Red Bug Lake Road, Monday-through-Friday from 8 a.m.-to-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-to-8 p.m.
For more information, go to _ www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parks _ or call 407-665-2190.
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