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)

Nature Coast wins with little offensive output

BROOKSVILLE — Even though Nature Coast reached the postseason last year, the Sharks struggled with was swinging their bats.

That problem reared its ugly head again in Wednesday night's 3-1 extra-inning win over Hernando.

Nature Coast (2-1) seemingly had a big advantage over the Leopards (0-2) coming into the contest. Hernando sent first-year varsity pitcher Jamie Jernigan to the mound while the Sharks relied on star hurler Ashley Antczak.

There was no way they could have known Jernigan would match the senior pitch for pitch. Jernigan (two strikeouts, no walks, one earned run) and Antczak (two strikeouts, two walks, one earned run) both pitched all seven innings. Nature Coast coach Mettina Couet pinned some of this on Jernigan and some of it on the Sharks' bats.

"We just came out flat and nonaggressive," Couet said. "It helped that Ashley pitched a great game for us."

The Leopards were within an out of the win. In the bottom of the sixth, the home team had runners on first and third with two outs before Antczak got Hernando's Shay Sanders to ground out to second.

In the top of the seventh, Antczak then took matters into her own hands at the plate. She drilled the first pitched of the inning off the wall for a double. The only extra-base hit of the game netted the go-ahead run.

Nature Coast wins with little offensive output 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)