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Coach Beets Classic

November 11th-16th

Pasco Hernando State College

Florida Prospect is hosting a 8 team pool play tournament In honor of Larry Beets for all the great things he has done for Pasco County Baseball.

For more information please contact HC Lyndon Coleman (colemal@phsc.edu)

Coach Beets

This tournament is being played to recognize a Pasco County coaching legend. Following his playing career at Austin Peay State University, where he captained his team to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship, Coach and his wife Donna moved to Florida to pursue their careers in education. Here, they both taught and raised their daughter, Bethany. For 47 years, he gave his all to educate and mentor all the young people in his classroom and on the field.

His first head coaching job was at Gulf High (79-81) where he set a school record for victories. He did the same at Hudson HS (82-83) at a school that had never had a winning season. In 1984, he led the inaugural program at Ridgewood HS. That season, with just grades 8-10, the Rams won an astonishing 10 games. From there, Ridgewood became a mainstay in the playoffs. During his 27 years at the helm of the Rams, coach Beets teams won 37 championships. In 2002, the Rams shocked the baseball world knocking off the country’s number one ranked team; undefeated Dunedin, in the state semifinal game. The Rams lost the following day to Bishop Kenney and ended the season ranked #9 in the country. He won 494 games at Ridgewood and 565 total as a high school head coach in Pasco County. Coach Beets retired in 2011 and spent the next 10 seasons at PHSC as an assistant and made the Junior College World Series on two different occasions.

In 2007, Ridgewood’s field was named in his honor. As a former PA announcer use to say at home games, “this is the house that Beets built”. This is no understatement! He took a field that had the bare necessities and turned it into a cathedral of baseball. The number of improvements to the facility are just too long to list. However, block by block, volunteers of coaches, players, and friends enclosed the wall that surrounds Beets Field. In addition, the same was done with the press box. It was an event to watch and play at Beets Field!

What a legacy he has forged in our community! All the life lessons that players and assistant coaches lean on in their day to day lives with his mission of Hit the Top Step Running. The pedestal that his former players and coaches put him on is perhaps the highest honor bestowed to a coach. Forget the victories and the field, it is the relationships he created through his many years of service to those who crossed his path. He always said, “you have to give up being good to be great”. Coach, you are the greatest!

WITHLACOOHCEE POWER AND ELECTRIC PARK

PHSC Tournament Series will be held at the Withlacoohcee Power and Electric Park. PHSC has recently added a new turf baseball infield and a LED Lights to make it one of the top facilities in the State of Florida and is the home of the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcats.

BEETS FIELD

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EVENT DETAILS

Pool A

Fivay

Academy at the Lakes

Hernando

Land O’ Lakes

Pool B

Hudson

River Ridge

Mitchell

East Lake

Tournament Rules

7 innings or 2.5hr time limit pool play . Championship is 7 innings 
Tie equals half a win , half a loss 
One inning of Texas tiebreaker . Runner on second last batted out previous inning , zero outs 
Mercy rules 15 after 3, 12 after 4 , 10 after 5 
Seeding and tie breaker rules pool play 1 Overall record 2 If two teams tied – head to head winner 3 If 3 teams tied. If one team beat other two , that team advances . If not go to 4 4 Total runs  allowed 5 If still tied total runs scored 6 If still tied total runs allowed subtracting the game with the most runs allowed in pool play 7 If still tied toss a freaking coin

SCHEDULE

DateLocationTimeHome TeamVisiting TeamResult 
10/8/21WREC Park4:00pmMitchellSunlake
10/8/21Hernando5:00pmHernandoCitrus
10/9/21WREC Park9:00amWiregrassHernando
10/9/21WREC Park11:30amWiregrassMitchell
10/9/21WREC Park2:00pmSunlakeCitrus
10/10/21WREC Park9:00amHernandoSunlake
10/10/21WREC Park11:30amMitchellHernando
10/10/21WREC Park2:00pmCitrusWiregrass
11/11Beets Field 5:00pmAcademy at the LakesFivay
11/11Beets Field 7:30pmRiver RidgeMitchell
11/11WREC Park5:00pmEast LakeHudson
11/11WREC Park7:30pmHernando Land O' Lakes
11/13Beets Field2:30pmHernandoAcademy at the Lakes
11/13Beets Field12:00pmMitchellEast Lake
11/13WREC Park10:00amLand O' LakesFivay
11/13WREC Park12:30pmRiver RidgeHudson
11/14Beets Field12:00pmMitchellHudson
11/14Beets Field2:30pmAcademy at the LakesLand O' Lakes
11/14WREC Park12:00pmHernandoFivay
11/14WREC Park2:30pmEast LakeRiver Ridge
11/16Beets Field6:00pmPool A WinnerPool B Winner

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