Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Softball Playoffs Roundup; Atlantic Coast Ace Shuts out Fleming Island

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Softball Playoffs Roundup; Atlantic Coast Ace Shuts out Fleming Island

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Byline: Justin Barney

Atlantic Coast and Taylor Bauman remain the hottest thing going in area softball.

Bauman, the Stingrays' sensational sophomore hurler, held the Fleming Island Golden Eagles to just one hit and got the potential tying run to ground out in the seventh inning in a 2-0 win in the District 3-7A championship game on Thursday night.

It was Atlantic Coast's second district title in school history.

The Stingrays (22-5), ranked No. 1 in the area Power Poll and winners of 14 of their final 15 games, have dispatched the area's best during that streak. They've also beaten No. 2 Fleming (21-4) in back-to-back meetings. Bauman struck out four and needed just 74 pitches to send the Stingrays on.

Nikki Grupp had three of Atlantic Coast's five hits.

They will host Winter Springs on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles will travel to face Lake Howell.

DISTRICT 1-8A

Big bats and steady pitching led Mandarin to a district title with a 10-0 rout of First Coast in five innings. Kendall Reid belted her 13th home run of the season - and 42nd of her career - and added a double for the Mustangs. Six Mandarin players had multi-hit games. The win puts the Mustangs at home in the Region 1-8A quarterfinals on Thursday against the loser of the Orange City University or Oviedo Hagerty game. First Coast will visit the winner.

DISTRICT 2-6A

Kelsey Sweatt was dominant from open to close and fifth-seeded Oakleaf rolled over No. 2 Columbia 9-3. The Knights (16-11), banged up and struggling on offense throughout the season, have found their rhythm. Oakleaf knocked off the state's No. 1 team, Gainesville, in the semifinals and went wire-to-wire to top the Tigers. Sweatt struck out 14 and allowed just three hits. Oakleaf will host its playoff opener Thursday against either Pace or Milton.

DISTRICT 4-6A

Creekside won its fourth consecutive district championship with a 7-2 victory over rival Bartram Trail. The Knights have beaten the Bears in the district final three of those four seasons. …

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