HOLIDAY — From start to finish, Pasco pitcher Courtney Brandt looked seemingly unhittable on the mound, but she wasn’t too shabby with her bat, either.
The senior put together an all-around solid performance Friday evening, as the Stetson signee struck out 15 and went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and a double, to lead the Pirates to a dominating 8-0 victory over Mitchell in the Class 4A, District 7 title game.
“I’m glad our hitting came through,” Brandt said. “That’s what we have been working on all week is hitting, hitting, hitting. We can still improve, though. There’s room for improvement.”
The game was a rematch of last season’s 4A-7 championship, which Mitchell won with a grinding 3-1 win.
This time around, though, Pasco (23-6) would not allow a repeat as the Pirates jumped out against Mustangs pitcher Cori Williams (five strikeouts) and collected nine hits off the junior.
Pasco welcomed back third baseman Jordan Lane, who was out the previous few games with an injury. The sophomore came back in a big way, as she notched a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the second inning off Williams to give the Pirates a commanding 5-0 lead.
Brandt would take care of the rest, allowing only two hits and keeping Mitchell’s batters at bay with her dominating fastball pitch. The win places Pasco at home next week in the Class 4A region quarterfinal against Lecanto while Mitchell (18-7) will travel to River Ridge.
“(Lane) made a big difference,” Pasco coach Lisa Herndon said. “That timely hit … when we needed it. That’s what we were missing the past couple games, so it’s nice to have her back.”