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Baseball: Pitching a bright spot for Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — Pitching depth looks like a plus for Hernando after the Leopards received their second consecutive two-hit shutout Thursday night.

Dylan Bedwell, Hernando's third starter, led the home team to a 12-0 victory over Sunlake only two days after a similar win over Springstead.

The night got off to a rocky beginning for Bedwell when two errors and a walk loaded the bases in the top of the first for Sunlake (1-2). Following the example of what ace Brett Maggard did on Tuesday, the senior composed himself and induced a double play to get out of the jam.

He completed the remainder of the contest with just more than 60 pitches, surrendering no more walks and striking out four.

"Dylan did a good job of controlling the game," Hernando coach Tim Sims said. "(Pitching coach) Bert Snow works diligently with our pitchers to make sure they pitch and don't just throw. It paid off tonight."

The bats didn't get going right away for Hernando (5-0), but when they did, the carousel around the bases didn't stop. After Sunlake starter Lane Ketterer pitched a scoreless first inning, he surrendered a double to Hernando's Jake Johnson to lead off the second and was quickly pulled.

From there, the Leopards scored off every hurler to enter for the Seahawks, including Travis Doyel, Joe Young and Rae Diaz. Ian Townsend's two-run double in the second broke it open initially, but before the contest ended, every member of the lineup reached base.

Baseball: Pitching a bright spot for Hernando 02/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:28pm]
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