SPRING HILL — After handling Tampa Prep relatively easily this season on the road, Bishop McLaughlin had reason to look forward to Tuesday night's contest at home against the Terrapins.
The only problem was that Tampa Prep did not cooperate, beating its Class 2A, District 9 rival 8-4 to pull closer to .500 before the postseason.
The Terrapins (8-10) started pitcher Wes Wall, who struggled a bit after being hit on the thumb during an at-bat in the second inning while sacrifice bunting. Wall attempted to go back into the game to start the third but walked one then hit a batter before being pulled.
"Under normal circumstances, I think he would have been all right," Tampa Prep coach A.J. Hendrix said. "The cold weather really seemed to tighten him up."
The good news for Wall's teammates was that pitcher Robbie Daisley came in and provided stellar relief work, going five innings while allowing only one run and striking out two. Daisley earned the victory, providing a major boost to Tampa Prep.
"This was a big win for us tonight," Hendrix said. "They beat us 10-4 down at our place earlier this season, so it was important for us to show we can compete with them."
Joey Bobo was the star at the plate for the winning squad. The Terps' shortstop went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single and a walk. He scored one run and had one RBI.
The Hurricanes (10-8) got all of their offense from the first two batters in their lineup — centerfielder Jeff Pope and shortstop Taylor McGillis. Pope and McGillis scored all four Bishop McLaughlin runs, going a combined 1-for-3 with two walks and two beanballs.