BROOKSVILLE — When he pitches, Kyle Kilbourne figures on one bad inning per game, and on Wednesday the second inning had all the makings.
But the Hernando senior got through it with no harm done. And sure enough, Kilbourne had no issues the rest of the night, his complete-game shutout guiding Hernando past Land O’Lakes 3-0 at the Pasco-Hernando Classic tournament.
The Leopards (13-1), who have not given up a run in two tournament games, will play Pasco in a semifinal at Sunlake at 7 tonight.
Kilbourne struck out 10 and only allowed one hit until the Gators (7-6) tacked on two in the seventh. He also had what turned out to be the winning RBI.
With no score in the bottom of the second, Liam Heaney doubled to deep left. A wild pitch moved him to third, and Max Law hit a hard liner. But it was right at shortstop Tanner Bammert. Kilbourne then struck out the next two batters.
“I usually have one bad inning, and I thought that was going to be it,” Kilbourne said. “But Tanner was in perfect position to make that play and I was able to get out of it.”
Hernando had nine hits, the biggest being Kilbourne’s RBI single in the third. Austin Treverton (2-for-3) got the rally started with a two-out hit.
After his lone walk, to No. 9 hitter Dylan Leonard in the third, Kilbourne retired the next 11 Gators. “I worked off my fastball, was able to throw my curveball not only in the zone but get them to chase it. And I always complement things with my changeup,” he said.
Land O’Lakes starter Andrew O’Brien lasted five-plus innings, with Brett Renner and Alex Reynolds going one apiece and allowing just a bunt single between them. Entering the game, Land O’Lakes was hitting 80 points higher than Hernando.