Nature Coast baseball playing lights out

BROOKSVILLE- The best prep baseball team in Hernando County resides out of Nature Coast Technical School and the Sharks have been on an absolute roll to begin the 2021 season.

At 14-2, the Sharks have already played some top notch competition not only from their immediate area, but from neighboring counties. What further validates the team’s hot start is where they rank amongst the state’s elites in the latest poll.

Nature Coast is currently ranked No. 5 team in Class 4A and 51st in Florida overall. The Sharks have been very impressive across the board, as they’ve scored 129 runs and yielded just 45 through 16 games played. The Sharks’ only two losses on the season have come against New Port Richey Mitchell and Crystal River.

When looking at Nature Coast‘s remaining regular season slate of games, it’s very feasible to see the Sharks winning 20-plus games heading into district tournament play. The Sharks still have matchups versus Crystal River, Central, Hernando, Hudson Fivay and Bishop McLaughlin.

Nature Coast plays in Class 4A, District 7, which includes Hernando, Bushnell South Sumter, Central, Hudson and Weeki Wachee. The battle for the top spot should come down to Nature Coast and Hernando in the district championship.

So far, the statistical leaders on the team have been senior Zeth Rodriguez (17 runs batted in), sophomore Jaxen Gates (17 hits), junior Chris Moss (18 stolen bases) and senior Anthony Anselmo (4-0, 37 strikeouts).

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