Nature Coast sweeps softball doubleheader against Central

BROOKSVILLE — Thanks to a rainout earlier this season, Thursday's senior night at Nature Coast featured a doubleheader between the Sharks and their cross-county rival, Central.

And Nature Coast had little difficulty dispatching the Bears 8-1 and 17-9.

The most impressive feat of the evening was the strength of the right arm of Ashley Antczak. The Nature Coast ace started both games and pitched all 14 innings to earn both wins.

In the first game, she mowed down Central (5-12) after the first inning.

After getting out of a two-one, no-out jam, she controlled the tempo.

Eventually, Nature Coast's bats came around.

The best of those bats might have been shortstop Jeri Loffler. Her solo shot in the second inning was the second homer of her career.

And it set the tone in the dugout for the entire team.

Loffler went a combined 5-for-7 with five RBIs and three runs in the doubleheader.

"I tried not to think about the home run for the rest of the night and concentrate on my other at-bats," Loffler said.

"But it gave me a lot of confidence. We all had a lot of confidence."

Nature Coast (11-7) backed up its pitcher in the second game especially.

When Antczak began to struggle on the mound, the bats came to the rescue.

"They know what I throw, and they know how hard I throw," Antczak said. "(Central) definitely had the upper hand in the second game."

Lizzy Olmstead (6-for-10, double, triple, four runs), Brooke Sager (7-for-10, three RBIs, five runs) and Jen Marshall (4-for-7, double, triple, four RBIs) surged offensively at the top of the lineup, helping to carry the load for Nature Coast.

Nature Coast sweeps softball doubleheader against Central 04/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 12:06am]

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