BROOKSVILLE — Hernando ace Brett Maggard took the mound against Springstead on Friday night, and it was obvious that this wasn’t just another opponent.
Starting his second game against his former team, the senior flamethrower tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead the Leopards to a 4-0 win over the Eagles.
It was Maggard’s second shutout of Springstead (14-8), the team for which he pitched his first three years of high school. After striking out 12 and walking only one in seven innings, the staff ace has 19 strikeouts and only four hits in two outings against his former club.
“It’s great when you can throw all your pitches for strikes like I could do tonight,” he said. “I was in the zone. I felt like there was nothing I could do to mess up.”
A great deal of motivation for Maggard came from an early at-bat against former teammate and Springstead starter Bobby Pasarela. His counterpart struck him out swinging to end a Hernando rally in the first inning.
“It definitely pumped me up and got me a little angry,” Maggard said. “I had the intensity going after that.”
Hernando (19-4) was able to muster enough offense to back the performance on the mound. With Pasarela also tossing the ball well, the Leopards were led by the stick of Louis Colaiacomo. The rightfielder went 2-for-4 with a double and home run.
The win gives Hernando three wins in a row this week with only two games left in the regular season before the district tournament.