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)

Bulldogs wrangle tie for first

NEW PORT RICHEY — Although they might have mentally put themselves there about an inning too soon, the Zephyr­hills Bulldogs indeed are tied for first place.

Related News/Archive

Zephyrhills handed Gulf its first District 5A-8 defeat Tuesday, although the Bucs made it interesting in the last at-bat. Gulf trailed 7-1 before getting the winning run at the plate, with Zephyr­hills holding on for the 7-4 victory.

"We came out too relaxed there in the seventh, thought the game was over and that's my fault," said Bulldogs coach Craig Milburn. But otherwise the veteran coach loved what he saw as Zephyrhills (12-3) won its seventh straight, all coming after a 4-2 Gulf win one month ago. Both teams are 11-1 in district play.

Karisten Deem improved her record to 7-2 with an assist from Jennifer Rennard in the final inning. After making contact all night — Deem struck out two batters — Gulf started finding holes in the seventh. Rachel Gardner led off with a triple, and when Madison Morlan and Bernie Anderson followed with singles the Bucs had doubled their hit total and made it 7-2.

Then came a big out. Haley McCarthy put on a nice piece of hitting, taking a Deem pitch the opposite way. It looked headed over rightfielder Hannah Borgemenke and would have made it 7-4 with none out; instead she made a flat-footed snag.

Deem walked the bases loaded and Rennard took the mound.

"Some of us might have been a little nervous at that point. I was," she said.

After a wild pitch made it 7-3 Rennard induced a groundball that scored another run. She walked Gulf leadoff hitter Britney Pressler to load the bases, but then snagged a Hanna McCarthy grounder and threw to first to end the threat.

Zephyrhills had three doubles, two by Lindsey Hupp, who credited the Bulldogs' win streak to extra hitting practice they've held since the Gulf loss. She and Skylar Graves doubled as the Bulldogs went up 2-0 in the second inning. Gulf got a run back but then the Bulldogs cashed in on three third-inning errors for a 4-1 lead.

Marissa Gochenour ripped a triple to help extend the lead to 7-1 in the sixth.

Gulf had a rough night overall (five errors) but showed grit. Rightfielder Taylor Cook started off sick and got worse as the game went on, nearly fainting at one point according to coach Rick Hohenthaner.

Then there was Anderson. She dislocated her finger sliding into second base and decided to pop it back into place herself. It led to Anderson leaving the game then returning two innings later.

"I hate not playing," she said. "But that hurt real bad."

Bulldogs wrangle tie for first 03/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:54am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.