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Nature Coast bats heat up in fourth inning to down Springstead

SPRING HILL — On a cold night and after 143 pitches, Nature Coast pitcher Mike Adams said his arm was feeling good.

A 6-3 victory Friday over rival Springstead (1-1) might have Adams' arm feeling a little better going into the weekend.

"Yeah, my arm is still feeling pretty all right," Adams said. "It may be a little sore tomorrow, but coach (John Frascatore) was a major-league pitcher and he tells me how to keep good care of it."

The Nature Coast bats gave Adams a lead to work with, as the Sharks cracked open the game with six runs in the top of the fourth inning after trailing 1-0.

Catcher Matt Adams (1-for-3, walk, run scored) opened the inning with a leadoff single and after brother Eric Adams singled to load the bases, first baseman Eddie Castro (two RBIs) lined a double to leftfield and put the Sharks (2-0) ahead 2-1.

The Sharks sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth and forced pitcher Bobby Pasarela (three strikeouts) out of the game after four innings.

Mike Adams (10 strikeouts, two walks) took care of the rest for Nature Coast. He ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases, but got out of the jam by getting Sean DiCesare out while bidding for third.

"A win is a win," Adams said. "We are friends off the field and we see them often. The game felt like just any other game really."

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Nature Coast bats heat up in fourth inning to down Springstead 02/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 11:10pm]
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