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SPRING HILL — First-year coach Jim Diven was hired to right the ship for Springstead after a season of turmoil. So far, he looks to have the Eagles on the right track.
Springstead improved to 4-1 with its 6-1 victory over Nature Coast on Thursday night, coming from behind to topple its county rival at home.
The Sharks (4-3) broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second when catcher Conner McCray drew a walk off Springstead starter Ryan Keith. After Keith struck out Dylan Laudano, Robbie Besser’s groundout to short moved Brandon Lamondra, the courtesy runner, into scoring position.
Matt Rhineberger lined a two-out single to rightfield to score Lamondra and stake Nature Coast starter Drue Brooks to 1-0 advantage.
The lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the third, the Eagles began their second trip through the order with a double from leadoff hitter Kyle Cotilletta. Brooks, struggling with a small bout of wildness, hit the next batter, Nic Pasarela.
Brandon Brosher followed with a hard grounder to short. Nature Coast attempted to turn the double play, but after shortstop Vito Tambasco tossed the ball to second baseman Laudano, he overthrew first base and allowed Cotilletta to score.
Springstead put a three-spot up in the next inning with Pasarela, Will Perdomo and Joey Wright crossing the plate. Keith (3 2/3 innings, three walks, five strikeouts, one earned run) was relieved by Brosher (3 1/3 innings, two walks, six strikeouts), who finished off the game for the save. The start was Keith’s first of the year, while Brosher recorded his first save in two appearances.