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)

Mitchell's Radke picks right time for first home run

DADE CITY — The difference between Courtney vs. Courtney? A home run.

The second-inning shot to leftfield by Mitchell's Courtney Radke — the first of her high school career — disappeared in the night sky Thursday for a 1-0 win in Pasco's Bone Yard.

Radke battled head-to-head on the mound with Pasco ace Courtney Brandt. Both finished with one-hitters. Radke matched a season-high 18 strikeouts; Brandt had 13.

"Wow," Mitchell coach Scott Bisbe said. "… That's two games she's had 18 strikeouts. She's in a zone throwing right now. She's hitting her spot so perfectly. … She put a good swing on the ball, hit a home run and that was it."

At her peak, Radke retired 15 consecutive batters. She came within one out of a no-hitter before Brandt reached on a dropped third strike. She advanced on an Emily Pennington single, then stole third to put runners at the corners in the bottom of the seventh.

Radke still had plenty of pitching power and fanned Jordan Lane to end the game.

For the first time since she arrived at Mitchell, Radke is the clear No. 1 pitcher following the graduation of Olivia Kline.

The approach means there's a lot more responsibility in her hands. For instance, Bisbe would usually throw Radke then Kline or vice versa when facing opponents twice. When Pasco (4-2) visits Mitchell (5-0) next Friday, Radke will likely get the ball for the rematch.

"I know I need to take more control," Radke said. "I've matured a lot since last year. My focus last year was to pitch my best game so I could earn my spot. This year, it's just get it done and do it good."

Izzy Gould can be reached at or (813) 421-3886.

Mitchell's Radke picks right time for first home run 03/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 4, 2010 11:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais vows to return for IndyCar finale

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais was in one of the best race cars he'd ever had, so fast that most of his competitors thought he would win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

    Sebastien Bourdais does physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis. Bourdais broke his pelvis, hip and two ribs in an accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 20. He plans to return home to St. Petersburg soon to continue therapy. [Associated Press]
  2. Yellow cards stall Rowdies offense in tie with St. Louis


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not the result they wanted, but it certainly could have been worse. Neill Collins' 87th-minute header off a corner kick was the reward the Rowdies settled for Saturday night during a 1-1 draw with St. Louis before an announced 6,068 at Al Lang Stadium.

  3. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.
  4. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the …