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Hernando's new approach takes out Nature Coast

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando showed on Tuesday night at Nature Coast that it's all about having fun.

The Leopards demonstrated how it's done by upsetting the Sharks, one of the hottest teams in the area, 6-4.

"Last week we made a conscious decision to start having fun," Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger said. "Nature Coast has been beating up on us for the past three years. We wanted that to change."

It did change when the Leopard bats got to Nature Coast ace Ashley Antczak. Shelby Goodwin led off the game with a single and ended up scoring on an RBI single from Shelby Stocker.

The Leopards (4-6) continued to pound Antczak all game, hammering out 16 hits on the Sharks starter, including three extra-base hits. Nature Coast (6-4) finished with 11 base hits, six of which came from Jen Marshall (3-for-4, run, double) and Antczak (3-for-4, RBI).

The majority of the Sharks' lineup was shut down by Hernando reliever Ashley Frye. She pitched four shutout innings after coming in for starter Casey Bilodeau to earn the win.

"(Frye) just throws strikes," Bittinger said. "She's not flashy. She knows how to locate her pitches."

Bittinger is hoping this is the beginning of the tide turning for his young club.

"In varsity high school sports, confidence is everything," he said. "If you get it, you have to ride it."

Hernando's new approach takes out Nature Coast 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:19pm]
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