Briefs 4-19-17

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Herald photos by Jim Wentz
 
‘The Wall” (top) goes crazy at Orlando City Stadium after Will Johnson (No. 8, dark uniform, middle) scored the game’s first goal and Cyle Larin (No. 22, above) scored the game-winning goal for the Lions in stoppage time on Saturday.
 
Herald photo by Greg Fencik
 
UCF freshman outfielder Kyra Klarkowski (No. 22) had the walkoff, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth-inning as the Knights won the series winning Game 3 over War on I-4 rival USF Saturday.
SUPER KIDS DERBY
The City of Sanford Recreation Services Department and Central Florida Soap Box Derby will host its Fifth Annual Su-per Kids Soap Box Derby on Saturday, April 22, at the beautiful Sanford Derby Park.
Check in will be at 8:30 a.m., with racing beginning at 9 a.m.
The event will feature special dual control cars with experienced champion co-drivers running a Single Elimination Race, followed by a lunch and awards ceremony.
Among the eligibility rules for the National Super Kids are:
* Must have a medically diagnosed disability, which a physician is willing to document.
* Must be at least seven (7) years of age prior to local special needs race (4-22).
* May not exceed the weight limit of 185-pounds.
* May not have reached their 19th birthday prior to the national race date of July 22.
* May not be a current participant in ANY local or rally race division race for the All-American Soap Box Derby.
The winner will earn a spot in the Super Kid Nationals that will be held during the 80th Annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, that will be held the week of July 16-through-22 and capped by the 80th First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race on Saturday, July 22.
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 or H. E. Thomas Parkway) or east off of Rinehart Road, just south of the GreeneWay entry. The track is near Bentley Elemen-tary.
For more information on any of the upcoming races 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 (Eric Griffin) at 407-688-5120.
 
RAIDERS BASEBALL
The Raider Baseball Team (24-24, 10-12) is still alive for a playoff spot, but it will take a coupled of good games to earn the spot.
The team put together another complete outing in a 13-2 victory over the Lake-Sumter Hawks on Saturday.
Pavin Parks (6-6) pitched a complete game, 6-hit gem and SSC’s offense was explosive, racking up 21 hits including three home runs. Jonathan Meola, Jonah Girand and Mykel Gordon all got dingers.
“It is always great to be playing well at the end of the season and it’s even better when we are playing well in meaning-ful games,” Coach Mike Nicholson stated. His ball club has won six of its last eight.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard first with a manufactured run in the second as the red-hot Meola drove in Anfernee Torruella. The Hawks countered with a two-run shot in the third. Seminole State got even in the fourth on Meola’s solo shot. Then the fireworks began. SSC scored five in the fifth and four in the sixth. The rest, they say, was history.
But things went the other way on Monday.
Often times in baseball, "one bad inning" spells the difference. In the Raiders game vs. Santa Fe, the "one bad inning" was the second. The Saints scored seven runs in the second and Seminole State could never catch up. Connor Eason (2-6) got the loss and Zac Wilson came in for four and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
The SSC bats were still alive as they racked up 13 hits. Evan Harold (3 for 4) led the way with an RBI and a monster home run. Also contributing were Joel Paulino (3 for 5), Jonah Girand (2 for 4) and Mykel Gordon added a 2-run home run.
The results leave Seminole State a game behind Daytona State for the third playoff spot in the Mid-Florida Conference. The Raiders will play Daytona today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at “The Jack” (aka Jack Pantelias Field).
The team will finish the season at home on Friday at 3 p.m. against Florida State College of Jacksonville.
Updated FCSAA/Region 8 standings available on: http://thefcsaasports.com/sports/bsb/2016-17/standings-include.
All Raider home events are free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission for adults is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and up) and youth (12 and under). Visit the Athletics home page at _ www.seminolestate.edu/athletics/ _ for more information and to view the Raiders' complete season schedule and results.
 
ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD
This week at Orlando Speed World Dragway:
* Today (Wednesday) is “Whoop Azz Wednesday”, featuring “All Welcome Test and Tune, Grudge Racing and Fun Runs” with gates opening at 6 p.m. and racing from 6 p.m.-to-11 p.m. General Admission is $12, plus an additional $13 to race.
* “Friday Night Frenzy” will also feature “All Welcome Test and Tune and Grudge Racing” with gates opening at 6 p.m. General Admission is $12, plus an additional $13 to race.
* Saturday is “Heads-Up Havoc”, featuring Outlaw X632, Ultra-Street, Outlaw Pro-Mod and Index Classes. Gates open at noon, racing at 3 p.m. Admission is $20.
* Sunday is “Grudgeday Sunday”, a day of "All Welcome Test-n-Tune & Grudge Racing”. Free Swap Space with paid admission. Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing from 10 a.m.-to-4 p.m. Admission is $12 (kids 10-and-Under free) and 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.
 
UCF SOFTBALL
In the bottom of the ninth inning in the series-deciding War on I-4 contest, UCF freshman left fielder Kyra Klarkowski stepped to the plate and delivered a walk-off single to right, lifting the Knights to a 5-4 victory on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex.
The Palmetto, Fla., native was congratulated by her teammates on the right side of third base. The Knights celebrated with the walk-off hero, who clinched the three-game set and two more points in the War on I-4 Rivalry Series. UCF now holds a 40-20 advantage in the all-sports battle.
UCF (23-19, 7-5 The American) was paced by senior designated player Linnea Goodman and sophomore catcher Cas-sady Brewer with two hits each. The victory in the circle was notched by freshman Alea White (16-11), who yielded just two earned runs on five hits.
The Knights continued their dominance of South Florida, improving their record to 9-4 since joining The American and taking each three-game set.
Four-Run First
The Knights responded to USF scoring an unearned run in the first inning by sending nine players to the plate and pounding out five hits, leading to four runs.
UCF used three-straight singles up the middle by Goodman, Brewer and junior third baseman Courtney Rotton to push across the first run.
After a walk loaded the bases, back-to-back base knocks by seniors Willow Kalinen and Brittany Solis stretched the Knights' lead to 3-1.
A wild pitch following a Bulls' pitching change increased the UCF advantage to 4-1.
Escape Artists
The Knights #PlayGold defense came up with a number of stellar plays to limit USF scoring opportunities:
* White showed off the leather in the fifth inning by catching a line drive in the circle, halting a USF bases-loaded rally.
* After USF tied the game, 4-4, in the seventh inning and had the go-ahead run at second base, a diving catch towards foul territory by Rotton on a sinking liner put two outs on the board.
* With a runner at second base one inning later, Solis fielded a groundball and threw to third base, erasing the lead run-ner.
* The Bulls once again threatened in the ninth frame with a runner at third base and one out. A popped up bunt put two away before White fielded a grounder in the circle and fired to first base, just beating the speedy slapper to set up the walk-off opportunity.
After opening its War on I-4 series with a 2-0 victory, UCF fell in the second contest of the three-game set to conference-rival South Florida, 7-1, Friday evening. Junior centerfielder Megan Greenwell paced the Knights at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance and one RBI, while senior right fielder Willow Kalinen also picked up two base knocks.
UCF plated its first run following a one-out rally in the fifth inning. It was started with a walk drawn by freshman pinch-hitter Ali Little. A heads up play by freshman Aubrey Johnson at second base enabled her to score on a ball Green-well put in play up the middle, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
The Knights attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. UCF loaded the bases with no outs on back-to-back singles from Kalinen and Solis before a walk was issued to Johnson. Coming through with the Knights' eighth base hit of the game to drive in a run was Brewer, but the Black and Gold were unable to continue the threat.
The difference in the contest proved to be a bases-loaded, two-out triple by the Bulls' Krysten Wyckoff in the second inning. USF (26-20, 5-5 The American) batted around and tacked on four runs in the sixth frame after loading the bases with no outs.
The loss went to freshman Kamryn Toney, who fanned two over four frames and fell to 4-4 on the campaign. Freshmen Damara Begin and White each logged innings in relief for the Knights.
Next Up:
UCF hits the road for a matchup with No. 3 Florida tonight (Wednesday) in Gainesville. First pitch on SEC Network+ is set for 6:05 p.m. The Knights will then be idle for a week before UConn comes to town.
For more information, go to _ www.UCFknights.com _ and look for the link to the Softball Page.
 
LMSA
Ahoy!
Where is the hottest place to sail on a Wednesday Night in Central Florida?
The Lake Monroe Sailing Associations Wednesday Night Rum Race sponsored by Gosling’s Black Seal Rum!
Every Wednesday during Day Light Savings, the Lake Monroe Sailing Association holds an impromptu sailboat race on Lake Monroe in Sanford, Florida. This race is open to all sailors in the area that want to come out and sail. It’s free of charge and gaining popularity with the sailing community!
Each Wednesday, teams are to sign in at the table outside the LMSA club house located on Marina Isle and get the Sail-ing Course for the night. There is a five-minute start window that all boat must be over the start line between 6:25 p.m.–to-6:30 p.m. to be a valid participant. All boat captains are in charge of keeping their own elapsed time and turning their time in at The Breezeway Restaurant and Bar in downtown Sanford. The Breezeway has hosted the Wednesday Night Rum Race the last four years!
As teams discuss the race and enjoying the Breezeway’s food and Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy’s, the elapsed times are converted into corrected times using US Sailing’s D-PN chart. Winners in three classes are then announced. The classes are Multi-hull, Planing Hull and Displacement Hull. Each winner receives an LMSA Rum Race Winner Sticker!
When the final division winner is announced, one of the Breezeway’s waitstaff pulls a chip from a bag with a boats placement number for the race. That team wins their own bottles of Gosling Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer to make own Dark n’ Stormy’s!
Congratulations to last Wednesday’s winners out of the 29 boats that competed!:
* Multi-hull – John Chamberlin and Alan Moore on the Nacra 5.8.
* Planing Hull – Tom McNally and crew on the Sweet Pea the Flying Scot.
* Displacement Hull – Bill Holstein and Patty Miller on Black Jack the San Juan 21.
The Goslings Rum goes to Scott and Laura Marriott in their new Flying Scot with the number five chip being pulled for the fifth place finish.
If you are looking for a great group of sailors to sail with on a Wednesday come check out the Lake Monroe Sailing Association!
Upcoming Events:
* April 22–23: Lake Weir Invitational & Harpoon Nationals. Hosted by the Ocala Sailing Club. For more information go to: http://www.regattaregistration.com/Default.aspx?page=regattalist
Looking to Crew or Volunteer? Send us a note, we will find you a boat to crew on or an event that you can volunteer for!
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!
 
RECREATION SOFTBALL
Here is the schedule for the City of Sanford Recreation Services Department Adult Spring Slowpitch Softball League at Pinehurst Park.
The Semi-Co-Ed/Fun League on Wednesday will have Facebook Famous battling The Bailouts at 6:30 p.m.; Wet Spot facing B&B Discount Beverage at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity Tattoo tackling The Willow Tree-Sausage Sliders at 8:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to watch the games for free at Pinehurst Park, located on West 24th Street off 17-92.
For more information contact Eric Griffin, City of Sanford Recreation Supervisor, at 407-688-5120; visit the city website _ www.sanfordfl.gov _ or email: eric.griffin@sanfordfl.gov _ the League Information Website, including registration forms, is at _ http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?cmenuid=1&url=sanfordsoftball&si....
 
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.
25-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Wednesday, April 19
7 p.m. _ Orlando Knights @ Orlando Brewers, Stadium.
Sunday, April 23
10 a.m. _ Orlando Brewers @ Orlando Lugnuts, Stadium.
10 a.m. _ Orlando Knights @ Sanford Orioles, Zinn Beck.
35-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. _ Reds @ New Brewers, Stadium.
10 a.m. _ Central FL Cardinals @ Braves, Zinn Beck.
45-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, April 22
1 p.m. _ Mariners @ Dr. Phillips Cubs, Stadium.
1 p.m. _ Daytona Beach Rays @ Royals, Zinn Beck.
 
RAIDERS SOFTBALL
Holding a gaudy 46-7 overall record and winning their first-ever regular season Mid-Florida Conference title with a 195 mark, the Seminole State College of Florida softball team traveled to Melbourne on Tuesday to take on East Florida State in a doubleheader and will close out the regular season with a home doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. hosting Florida SouthWestern State College. The game day is being promoted as "Faculty Friday."
All Seminole State Faculty and Staff (AND their families) being honored. In addition to the usual FREE entrance, Semi-nole State Families will be admitted FREE as well.
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 BASEBALL
The UCF baseball team completed the series sweep of East Carolina Saturday, taking game three in a decisive 7-0 shut-out at Clark-LeClair Stadium. It was the first sweep of the Pirates in program history and marked the first road sweep for the Black and Gold since joining the American Athletic Conference.
Freshman starter Joe Sheridan (Hagerty) delivered seven and two thirds scoreless innings for the Knights, improving to 6-2 on the season. The lefthander gave up just four hits and struck out six before turning the game over to redshirt junior Jordan Scheftz.
Scheftz froze the final hitter of the eighth and faced four batters in the ninth. He struck out the lead-off man and added two fly ball outs to seal the victory.
UCF got on the board in the third inning, when third baseman Kam Gellinger started with a double down the right field line. Catcher Anthony George moved him to third with a ground ball to the right side before Center fielder Luke Hamblin drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
The Knights would add two more in the sixth, as George singled and Hamblin reached on an error by the ECU second baseman. George then scored on an infield hit by right fielder Eli Putnam and second baseman Matthew Mika drove Hamblin in with a double to right center.
The Black and gold would add two more runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, putting an exclamation point on the series sweep.
On Friday, the Knights notched their second come from behind win in as many days, posting a nine-run eighth inning to earn the victory, 9-4.
Down 2-0, Gellinger was hit by a pitch with one out. Bryce Peterson came on to pinch-hit and ripped a double down the left field line. After a pitching change, Hamblin bounced a high chopper to second base and beat the throw to first, Gel-linger scored on the play.
Putnam was then hit by a pitch to load the bases before Mika grounded to third. ECU cut the run at the plate but was unable to double up Mika at first.
Now with two outs, UCF took advantage of a struggling Pirate bullpen. Kyle Marsh drew a walk that forced home the tying run and Rylan Thomas hit a shallow pop of the end of the bat. The ECU second baseman made a diving play but couldn't come up with ball. Thomas reached on what was scored an error while Putnam and Mika both scored.
Ryan Crile and shortstop Brennan Bozeman drew back-to-back walks to load the bases again. Gellinger came up to bat again, and saw a pitch he liked on just the second offering by the Pirates reliever. He drove the ball well over the wall in right field for a grand slam, his first home run of the season.
Righthander Jason Bahr (Lake Mary) then came on to pitch in the eighth and retired the Pirates in order. Bahr continued into the ninth where he gave up a single and a home run that cut the lead to 9-4. He would retire the next three hitters in order with three fly balls to secure the win.
Senior starter Juan Pimentel threw seven quality innings for the Black and Gold, giving up just two runs on 10 hits. He earned the win, improving to 6-2 one the season, after his team rallied in the top of the eighth.
Next up, UCF hosted Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, before UConn comes to town on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for another AAC series. Saturday's game with the Huskies is slated for 1 p.m. and is part of the UCFastival activities surrounding the Knights spring football game. Go to _ http://ucfknights.com/sports/2017/1/13/baseball-season-tickets.aspx _ to pur-chase tickets in advance or call 407-UCF-1000.
Game 3 will also be at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, go to _ www.UCFknights.com _ and look for the link to the Baseball Page.
 
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, April 22
9 a.m. _ Reds vs. Pirates, Field #1.
10 a.m. _ Rays vs. Blue Jays, Field #1.
11 a.m. _ Braves vs. Tigers, Field #1.
12 p.m. _ White Sox vs. Marlins, Field #1.
ROOKIE
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. _ Indians vs. Yankees, Field #4.
12 p.m. _ Pirates vs. Dodgers, Field #4.
MINOR
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. _ Orioles vs. Marlins, Field #2.
12 p.m. _ Braves vs. Red Sox, Field #2.
MAJOR
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. _ Nationals vs. Cubs, Field #3.
12:30 p.m. _ Yankees vs. Altamonte Springs, Field #3.
 
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY
The 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-America Series is underway at New Smyrna Speedway.
Brad May (Pro Late Models), Bobby Holley (Super Stocks), Bobby Dooley (Mod Minis) and Matt Thornton (Bombers) picked up feature wins at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, April 15.
On the schedule this Saturday will be a special 50-lap feature for the Sportsman and division action in the Modifieds and Bombers as well as Spectator Races.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Sportsman only practice from 4 p.m.-to-5 p.m. Division Practice from 5 p.m.-to-6:15 p.m. Sportsman qualifying at 6:25 p.m.
Ticket booths and grandstand gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
This will also be a BOGO night with one ticket getting in two people. Adult admission is $15 (reserved seating is $20, the top six (6) rows of the Main Grandstand) with all seniors (65+) and military with valid ID (for proof of age or Military affiliation) admitted for $13. Kids 11 years of age and under are free of charge. MUST be accompanied by paying Adult to qualify for Free Admission.
The track is located at the corner of SR. 44 and CR 415, between New Smyrna, DeLand and Daytona.
For information on New Smyrna Speedway, call the track office at 386-427-4129 or visit the website at www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.
 
ORLANDO PRIDE
Orlando Pride (0-1-0, 0 points) opened its second National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season on Saturday after-noon in the first-ever NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime at Portland Thorns FC. The Pride debuted with a new-look and re-energized lineup from its inaugural season, but fell 2-0 to the 2016 NWSL Shield winners.
Orlando put the Thorns under pressure throughout the 90 minutes, drawing numerous opportunities on errant passes and intercepted balls in the final third.
The Thorns took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute after a handball was called in the box and Nadia Nadim converted from the spot. The host team added a second goal midway through the second half, when midfielder Allie Long slipped a pass through the defensive line to Canadian international Christine Sinclair.
The Pride now look ahead to their highly anticipated home opener on Saturday, April 22. It will be the first match the team plays in Orlando City Stadium and a capacity crowd is expected in the 25,500-seat venue.
Ticket to help #FillTheBowl for the match are available at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY. Sea-son tickets, group tickets and the “You+2” package are also available.
 
ORLANDO CITY
Mere seconds separated Orlando City SC (4-1-0, 12 points) from losing its perfect home record, but Cyle Larin’s stop-page-time volley secured three points and a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy (2-4-0, 6 points) Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. Will Johnson scored his first goal as a Lion and his second assist of the season. Scott Sutter earned his first assist in purple. Orlando City becomes the first team in Major League Soccer (MLS) history to open a new stadium with four consecutive victories.
Just three minutes later, after LA had cleared yet another threatening chance from the box, Sutter recovered the ball at midfield and lofted it back into the box for Johnson, who took a touch and fired a shot inside the far post.
For a moment it appeared as though the Galaxy would ruin the fun on a warm, sunny afternoon when Romain Alessandrini fired a shot off the post and into the net in the 83rd minute.
In stoppage time, 2016 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick and former University of Central Florida striker Hadji Barry earned a corner in the shadow of The Wall. Johnson stepped up and served it to Larin, who swung a volley into the roof of the net. His fourth goal of the season sent the fourth consecutive sellout crowd at Orlando City Stadium into a victorious delirium. It was the second consecutive game-winning goal on a set-piece.
Orlando City heads to the Bronx to take on New York City FC on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. The match will be na-tionally televised on FS1. The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, April 29, when they host the Colorado Rapids in another nationally televised contest.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY. Follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook _ www.facebook.com/OrlandoCitySC _; Twitter _ twit-ter.com/OrlandoCitySC _; Instagram _ www.instagram.com/OrlandoCitySC/ _ and YouTube _ www.youtube.com/user/OrlandoCitySC.
 
SUMMER JOBS AT OCALA CAMP
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is accepting applications for summer camp counselors at its Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp in Marion County. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, pass a mandatory background check, and have a desire to mentor youth ages 9-15 in outdoor skills and conservation education programs. This residential summer camp offers fun, educational and hands-on activities, such as fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and hunter safety, and inspires campers to become good stewards of fish and wildlife resources.
The camp offers six one-week sessions beginning June 5. Employees must be available for all sessions. The 57-acre facility is on beautiful Lake Eaton in the Ocala National Forest.
For more information about these summer camp job opportunities, call 352-625-2804.
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