SIDELINES: Flagler Palm Coast, Seabreeze play first of three baseball games in six days

Spruce Creek softball pitcher Julie Kelley quiets Matanzas' bats; FPC, Matanzas, Mainland send lifters to state championships.

Spruce Creek pitcher Julie Kelley gave up one hit and no earned runs in a win against Matanzas. File Photo by Michele Meyers
Spruce Creek pitcher Julie Kelley gave up one hit and no earned runs in a win against Matanzas. File Photo by Michele Meyers
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Seabreeze scored four runs in the top of the seventh but came up short in a 5-4 baseball loss at Flagler Palm Coast on April 8.

Jordan Gonzalez got the win to improve to 3-3. Gonzalez gave up one hit and no runs in five innings. Mason Sanders and Zane Barron each drove in two runs in the seventh for the Sandcrabs (8-11). Cody Clymer and Nole Hemmerle each had two RBIs for the Bulldogs (8-10).

FPC and Seabreeze were scheduled to play each other two more times before the end of the week — at Seabreeze on April 10 and at Spruce Creek in the first round of the Five Star Conference tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Seabreeze is also scheduled to play at Matanzas on April 12.


University of Kentucky signee Julie Kelley silenced Matanzas’ bats in Spruce Creek’s 8-1 softball win on April 8 at the Pirates’ field. Kelley, of Ormond Beach, allowed two hits and one earned run in seven innings to lower her earned run average to a minuscule 0.13.

The Hawks improved to 12-3, while Matanzas fell to 11-2.


Mainland’s Elijah Walker is the top seed in the unlimited weight class heading into the Class 2A state weightlifting championships on April 20 in Lakeland. Walker won the Region 2-2A traditional championship with a 715-pound clean-and-jerk and bench-press total.

Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas have each qualified three lifters for state. FPC’s Nick Groth won both the traditional and Olympic titles for 169 pounds at the Region 1-3A championships. His 545-pound Olympic total ranks first heading into the Class 3A championships on April 19. His 580-pound traditional total ranks third.

FPC’s Cody Strawser (119 pounds) qualified in the traditional competition (370 total), and Dylan Bennett (169 pounds) qualified in the Olympic competition (460 total).

Matanzas senior Cody Hash, the reigning Class 2A state traditional champ at 199 pounds, placed second in traditional and third in Olympic at the Region 2-2A meet. He ranks fourth in the state in both competitions with a 635 traditonal total and a 515 Olymp total.

Matanzas 119-pounder Maison Leanard placed third at region in both Olympic (260 total) and traditional (320 total) to qualify in both. Jaden Sao placed second in traditional (410 total) and third in Olympic (345 total) in the 129-pound class to advance to Lakeland.


FPC defeated Matanzas 25-6 in a District 5-2A flag football quarterfinal on April 8 to advance to the semifinals where its season ended on April 9 with a 12-0 loss to top-seeded Spruce Creek 12-0.

The District 11-1A semifinals were scheduled for April 10 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex with Seabreeze and Mainland on opposite sides of the draw. The championship game is scheduled for April 11.


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