Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball | Region finals

4A: Pasco splits region finals doubleheader

PALATKA — The Azalea Bowl concession stand and Pasco's pitching staff eerily paralleled each other Friday. By night's end, the burgers, dogs, sausage and grilled onions, cobblers and even scallops — yes, scallops — were essentially gone.

Similarly, the smorgasbord of Pirates arms, offering everything from high heat to the very raw, was nearly tapped out as well.

After beating Palatka 6-2 in Game 1 of this best-of-three Class 4A region final, the Pirates (26-6) met disaster in the nightcap, allowing eight runs in the first inning of Game 2 en route to a 10-5 defeat.

Now, the teams convene at 1 p.m. today in this quirky, antiquated park — where the warning track is on a steep incline — in a winner-take-all Game 3. One problem: Pasco's deep staff, which figured to be rewarded in this format, now seems exposed.

Senior Aaron Brandt worked 41/3 innings in Game 1, and junior Henry Johnson totaled 52/3 innings, working parts of both games. That leaves struggling senior Dustin Brown to start today.

Officially, Brown (8-2) has lasted one total inning his past two starts. In the region semifinals against Nature Coast, he exited with a 3-0 deficit after allowing a single and double to lead off the second.

He was pulled after allowing two walks, a single, double and fielder's choice in the first inning of Game 2 on Friday.

By game's end, coach Ricky Giles had used six pitchers, with Johnson (31/3) eating the most innings.

"(Brown) is okay, but he's just got to relax and come at it," Giles said. "Aaron's got a little bit, and then we do have some young guys that can come in and throw. I mean, we're in good shape pitching-wise."

Hitting-wise, they seem in far better condition.

The Pirates totaled 17 hits on the day, collecting 10 in the nightcap off Palatka junior Brandon Lee, who went the distance. Jake Schrader (4-for-7, home run, four RBIs) and Dylan Giella (4-for-8, two RBIs) led the Pirates offense.

Pasco broke open Game 1 in the sixth, collecting five runs off three hits and chasing Panthers junkball specialist Charlie Overturf. Schrader's two-run single was the key hit of the inning, which featured bases-loaded walks drawn by Josh Johnson and Jorge Jaramillo.

"I tell you what, (Overturf) kind of scared me a little," said Giles, who watched the Panthers left-hander allow only two hits through the first four innings. "When it got late in the game, I think he got a little tired and the ball got down, and it enabled us to get a couple guys on."

Palatka (23-9) starts junior right-hander Andy McClain (3-3) today. Lee's complete game afforded the Panthers the luxury of preserving their No. 3 pitcher until today.

"In a game like that, you need somebody that can eat up innings," Palatka coach Matt McCool said. "We don't normally let them throw that many pitches. He threw 114 or something like that. That's against what I would do, but sometimes you've got to make exceptions to the rule."


Game 1


Game 2

4A: Pasco splits region finals doubleheader 05/09/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 9, 2008 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Joe Smith's takeaways from Thursday's Lightning-Blue Jackets game

    Lightning Strikes

    While Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov grab the headlines, don't sleep on their linemate, Vladislav Namestnikov. Namestnikov is far from a third wheel, with eight points in eight games. "He might not have the names the other two have, but he's as pivotal and vital to that line as the others," coach Jon Cooper said.

  2. Lightning journal: Derrick Brooks helps J.T. Brown make a difference

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown's decision to stop his anthem protest began to take shape just a few days after he raised his right fist before the Oct. 7 game against the Panthers in Sunrise.

    J.T. Brown, above, met with Bucs Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks for help in forming a plan to make a difference in the community.
  3. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7


    Duke has been tabbed the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' basketball poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.
  4. Bucs journal: Jameis Winston to test hurt shoulder in practice Friday


    TAMPA — Bucs QB Jameis Winston still wasn't throwing at practice Thursday, but he'll test his injured shoulder today as Tampa Bay keeps its options open for Sunday's game at Buffalo.

    Defensive end Robert Ayers, who played against the Cardinals on Sunday, is on the injury report with a knee issue. He was limited in practice.
  5. Durant's Cameron Myers now one of the state's elite RBs


    There will come a day when Cameron Myers is stopped, when opposing defenders gang up to prevent him from breaking off big gains.

    Durant senior Cameron Myers recently set a career high in rushing yards — tallying a whopping 393 last week vs. Plant City.