Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, May 13 through Friday, May 19. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Taylor Bump, softball, Canterbury: The Michigan signee scored the tying run and had the game-winning hit in a 2-1 victory over two-time defending champion Aucilla Christian in the Class 2A state title game.
Tia Williams, softball, Land O’Lakes: The infielder had a triple that brought home the winning run in the Gators’ 2-0 victory over North Fort Myers in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Bailey Wilson, softball, Palm Harbor University: The senior shortstop was 2-for-3 with a double and the game-winning single in the sixth inning to lead the Hurricanes in a 1-0 victory over Jupiter in the Class 9A state semifinals.
Note: Fewer female nominees than usual now that sanctioned FHSAA sports are winding down for the year.
Marco Benedettini, baseball, Calvary Christian: In the sixth inning of a tie game, the senior laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt to allow the eventual winning run to score in a 3-2 win over Orlando First Academy.
Hunter Gillespie, baseball, Bishop McLaughlin: A freshman relief pitcher, Gillespie threw 4 â?? innings and allowed four hits, one run and struck out four to help the Hurricanes advance to the Class 3A state semifinal after a 3-2 win over Cambridge Christian.
Tyler Lala, baseball, Steinbrenner: The senior hit a solo home run and also scored the winning run in Tuesday’s 3-2, nine-inning win over Plant in the Class 8A region semifinals.
Tommy Mace, baseball, Sunlake: The Florida commit threw a complete game against Northeast in the Class 8A region semifinals and allowed one run and struck out nine to get the win.
Ricky Viloria, baseball, Wharton: The junior came through with the winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to allow the Wildcats to beat Ocala Forest 6-5 in the Class 8A region semifinals.
Tyler Vogel, baseball, Dunedin: The sophomore right-hander threw a complete-game four-hitter in the Falcons’ 6-2 region semifinal win over Lake Wales. It was the fifth complete game this season for Vogel.