SPRING HILL — On a freezing night, the weather seemed to affect everything on the field except for the right arm of Springstead ace Alexis Adams.
While the Eagles were pleased with the 9-6 victory over rival Hernando on Thursday night, the play was sloppy to say the least.
The clubs combined for 13 errors. Springstead coach Craig Swartout blamed the miscues on the frigid temperature, which was at 42 degrees by the time the game ended.
"It was an ugly game, but the weather had a lot do with it," he said. "It's hard to play with it being so ridiculously cold."
Springstead (3-3) found a way to win behind the great equalizer, Adams. The sophomore hurler tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts and surrendered only two earned runs. She gave up five walks, but she and Swartout were unhappy with an inconsistent strike zone from the home plate umpire.
Adams even put the Eagles up for the first time in the third inning with an RBI double. In her first season with Springstead after transferring from Nature Coast, she is still growing into her role as the team's star on the mound.
"Any time you have a player come on, there's a little bit of an adjustment time," Swartout said. "I was really impressed with how she fought through some trouble tonight."
Hernando (2-5) battled back with the help of some shaky Springstead defense in the top of the sixth. However, it only took a moment for the Eagles to head back to the dugout and refocus for them to get the lead back and win the game.