Five area teams take home softball district titles


Nine teams in the Mainstreet Daily News coverage area played for district softball championships on Thursday night and five were victorious.

Fort White 7, Branford 0

In District 6-1A, second-seed Fort White (10-9) stunned top-seed Branford 7-0 for the district title.

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Indians junior Gracie Clemons drove in three runs while sophomore pitcher Kadence Compton tossed a three-hitter. It marked the second straight year Fort White defeated the Buccaneers for the district championship.

Fort White finished as state runners-up in Class 1A a year ago and will host a first-round regional semifinal game next Thursday.

Dixie County 4, Trenton 3 (9)

In District 7-1A, top-seed Dixie County (Cross City) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie host Trenton (16-8) and then scored in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win.

In the loss for Trenton, eighth-grader Addison Allaire struck out 15 Bears batters in eight innings.

Dixie County (19-5), a final four team in 2022, will also host a first-round game on Thursday.

Williston 11, Hawthorne 1 (5)

Williston rolled to the 1A-8 title by pounding Hawthorne 11-1 in five innings. Nevaeh Hayes, Raegen Geiger, and Maci Vonderstrasse drove in two runs apiece for the Red Devils (25-2), who are the No. 1-ranked team in Class1A according to MaxPreps.

Hayes tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in five innings for Williston, who outscored their two opponents in the district tournament by a combined 35-2.

Keystone Heights 10, Taylor 0 (5)

Keystone Heights took home the District 3A-3 title as a No. 3 seed, knocking off top-seed Taylor (Pierson), 10-0, in five innings in the championship game. The Indians who struggled to a 6-17 record in the regular season, won three games for the district title, beating second-seed Palatka and Taylor.

Freshman pitcher Kadence Massey-Hoadley tossed a one-hitter and another freshman, Amberlea Wagner, drove in four runs as Keystone Heights pounded out 14 hits.

Sante Fe 5, Trinity Catholic 4

Santa Fe (Alachua) walked off in the bottom of the 7th for a 5-4 win over host Trinity Catholic (Ocala) to capture the District 5-3A championship. The Raiders led 4-1 before Trinity Catholic tied the game with three runs in the sixth inning.

Ridgeview 2, Columbia 0

The only area team to fall in Thursday night’s championship games was Columbia (Lake City).

Freshman Siage Bialek held the Tigers to four hits as Ridgeview (Orange Park) blanked Columbia 2-0 for the 5A-2 championship.

Despite the loss the Tigers (16-7) should be in good shape for the regional playoffs, as they are currently ranked sixth in Region 1-5A.

The first-round matchups will be announced by the FHSAA this weekend.


Class 1A-District 6 at Branford
2 Fort White
7, 1 Branford 0 

Class 1A-District 7 at Trenton
1 Dixie County (Cross City) 4, 2 Trenton 3 (9)

Class 1A-District 8 at Williston
1 Williston 11, 3 Hawthorne 1 (5)

Class 3A-District 3 at Keystone Heights
3 Keystone Heights 10, 1 Taylor (Pierson) 0 (5)

Class 3A-District 5 at Trinity Catholic (Ocala)
1 Santa Fe (Alachua) 5, 2 Trinity Catholic (Ocala) 4

Class 5A-District 2 at Middleburg
1 Ridgeview (Orange Park) 2, 2 Columbia (Lake City) 0

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