BROOKSVILLE — Louise Disi has the task of replacing Lexi Adams, arguably the best pitcher in Springstead history. With every passing game Disi seems to show she’s up for the challenge.
Led by their sophomore hurler, the Eagles upended Nature Coast 9-4 at Sharks Field on Thursday.
“We have such a young team,” Springstead coach Craig Swartout said. “When we’re engaged, we play well. You can’t teach effort, and you can’t teach heart. This group has a lot of both.”
Springstead (4-1), which has only one senior on its roster, came out of the gate making contact at the plate, putting a lot of pressure on Nature Coast (3-3) and starter Mariah Crawford.
The Eagles scored in each of the first four innings, building a 7-0 lead. Shortstop Hailey Drawe opened up the offense in the first with a sacrifice fly to rightfield that scored second baseman Brittny Desmond.
Disi tossed five scoreless frames before closing out a complete-game victory with three earned runs, four strikeouts and three walks. The starting pitcher also was the top hitter for either side, going 2-for-4. She was one of only two players to stroke two hits. Her two doubles netted two RBIs, and she also came around twice to score.
“Louise has so much composure for a sophomore,” Swartout said. “She has stepped up for us.”
The complete game was her second in the past two outings, both in the past two games.
“Last year, (Adams) was able to pitch almost every inning of the season, and I wasn’t able to get a whole lot of time on the mound,” Disi said. “It’s really nice to know that I can go the distance and put the game on my shoulders.”
Disi utilized her rise ball to keep the Shark hitters baffled much of the game. By the time Nature Coast got going at the plate, it was too little too late. Rightfielder Courtney David laced two singles in the final two innings, knocking in two with her hit in the seventh.