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: Hernando rallies past Springstead

SPRING HILL — Tuesday night's game showed why Hernando coach Tim Sims believes there is something special about this particular Leopards team.

Hernando maintained its undefeated record with a 6-4 victory over Springstead despite being only one strike away from its first loss.

"This group likes playing baseball," Sims said. "They always fight until the end."

Down 4-2 in the top of the seventh, Tyler Ledington reached base for the Leopards (6-0) before getting picked off by Springstead reliever Noah Siem. A strikeout by Tanner Bammert put Hernando against the wall. Justin Young doubled and Kyle Kilbourne followed with a walk.

With runners on first and second, Austin Treverton came to the plate. The senior catcher struck out but was able to reach first and extend the rally after the pitch got away from Eagles catcher Jonathan Brosher. Andres Cabrera walked to push in a run, and Siem was called for a balk to tie the score. Treverton was caught stealing home on a close play to end the frame.

"We make people beat us," Sims said. "These kids are not going to be intimidated by anyone."

After Hernando reliever Bradley Platt got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the seventh, the Leopards coaxed three straight walks to load the bases with no one out in the top of the eighth. Bammert pushed the go-ahead run in with another walk, and Young made it a two-run lead with an RBI groundout.

Platt earned the win on the mound after cruising through the lone 1-2-3 inning of the contest.

Young finished 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs. He also started on the mound for Hernando, tossing 4 1/3 innings and surrendering only two earned runs while striking out six. He had almost no issues until the fifth inning, when an error in left field began to unravel the team.

Springstead (2-2) got a solid start out of Kyle Stein (six-plus innings, one earned run) before the Hernando comeback.

Baseball: Hernando rallies past Springstead 02/25/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  2. Baseball team's eclipse watch during game draws fans from far away


    KEIZER, Ore. — They came from Hawaii, Rhode Island and Alaska, and as far as the Dominican Republic and Australia.

    Players for the minor-league baseball Salem-Keizer Volcanoes wear special eclipse jerseys Monday.
  3. Florida State sees plenty of upside in Dade City native Jacob Pugh


    TALLAHASSEE — No, Florida State senior Jacob Pugh is not as versatile as teammate Derwin James.

     Florida State Seminoles linebacker Jacob Pugh (16) and Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) celebrate after sacking the Miami quarterback Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  4. 247Sports: Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere top OT in nation


    Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere already is widely considered the best player in Tampa Bay.

    Berkeley Prep rising senior defensive end Nicholas Petit-Frere (78) performs a pad drill during spring football practice at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2017.
  5. Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot


    Now that you've seen the preseason AP Top 25, here's what I submitted in my first year as a voter. The AP doesn't give us many guidelines in the preseason. I didn't try to predict how …