Dan PearsonBy:  J. Daniel Pearson
For Positively Osceola

With the exception of a few baseball events, spring break shut down most sports in Osceola County last week.  But baseball and softball jump back into action this week with a heavy schedule of action around the county.


Most teams were off last week, except Osceola and Harmony who participated in tournaments in Polk and Orange County respectively.  The Kowboys had a huge week, going 3-0 in their tournament and finding their offense by scoring 36 runs in beating Inspiration Academy (Bradenton, FL), 12-10; Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colorado), 19-8; and Auburndale, 6-4 to push their record for 7-3 on the season.  Jason Ramos (8 for 11, 5 RBI), Nick Palmi (5 for 10, Triple) and Louis Rodriguez (5 for 13, HR) led the way for the Kowboys.

Harmony (4-7) came away with a 1-2 record after playing in the O-Town National Classic, which featured a highly competitive field.  The Longhorns lost to state powers The First Academy (5-2) and Apopka (10-2) but came away with an impressive win over Ponderosa (Parker, Colorado) by an 8-5 score.  Jhon Peralta went (4-10) and Cade Walter (3 for 9) led Harmony in hitting for the week; while Iziah Santiago (3.2 IP, 1 ER) picked up the pitching win over Ponderosa.  Ismael Rivera (3.2 IP, 1 ER) pitched well in the loss to the First Academy.

Osceola County will be busy this week with a full slate of games as they prepare for next week Orange Belt Conference Championship Tournament that will be contested with quarterfinal games on Monday (3/27), semifinal and consolation games on Wednesday (3/29) and Championship and placement games on Friday (3/30). 

This Week’s County Baseball Schedule:

Monday, Mar. 20

St. Cloud at Tohopekaliga, 7 p.m.

Ridge Community at Celebration, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 21

Melbourne Central Catholic at Harmony, 6 p.m.

Tohopekaliga at Olympia, 4:30 p.m.

Poinciana at Gateway, 6 p.m.

Ellwood City (Pennsylvania) at Celebration, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 22

Osceola at Winter Haven, 7:30 p.m.

Liberty at Lake Nona, 7 p.m.

Tohopekaliga at Gateway, 5 p.m.

Olympia at St. Cloud, 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 23

Melbourne at Harmony, 6 p.m.

Lake Wales at Osceola, 7 p.m.

Wekiva at Liberty, 6 p.m.


All county team were idle last week for spring break but several key games are on tap for this week, including big rivalry games this week when Osceola (4-3) hosts St. Cloud (4-3) and Liberty (1-4) travels to Poinciana (4-3) on Tuesday.   Celebration (0-5) and Gateway (0-3) will be seeking their first wins of the season; while after playing a tough early season schedule, Harmony (1-3) returns to action against East River (2-7) and Timber Creek (2-5).

Some interesting early season numbers are developing.  Tohopekaliga freshman Jessilyn Diaz is hitting .571 in her first year of varsity competition.  Senior Jodee Matos was hitting at a .566 clip (13 of 23) for the Lady Kowboys; while Poinciana’s Alondra Lozado had an incredible on-base percentage of .875, having reached  base safely in 14 of 16 plate appearances, which included 9 of 11 hitting and five walks.

This week’s county softball schedule:

Monday, Mar. 20

Liberty at Ft. Meade, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 21

Liberty at Poinciana. 4:30 p.m.

Davenport at Celebration, 5 p.m.

East River at Harmony, 7 p.m.

St. Cloud at Osceola, 7 p.m.

Bayside at Tohopekaliga, 6 p.m.

Heritage at Gateway, 6 p.m.

Wedneday, Mar. 22

Davenport at St. Cloud. 7:15 p.m.

Jones at Poinciana, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 23

Timber Creek at Harmony, 7 p.m.

Trinity Christian at Osceola, 5 p.m.

Tohopekaliga at Edgewater, 4:30 p.m.

Viera at Liberty, 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 24

Haines City at Gateway, 7 p.m.

St. Cloud at Satellite, 6 p.m.

Poinciana at Lake Buena Vista, 6 p.m.