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)

Softball: Hernando outduels Nature Coast

BROOKSVILLE — For the first game and five innings between Nature Coast and its rival, the Sharks seemed to have done what no other team could: Solve Hernando.

But on Senior Night at Tom Varn Park, the Leopards would not be denied and finally overcame Nature Coast, 5-2.

"It's a special win because this senior class has meant so much to me as a special group," Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger said. "That core group of seniors came in here as freshman and helped turn this program around."

Abbey Primavera (10-3) held Hernando in check through five innings, tossing three 1-2-3 innings. The Sharks freshman threw a complete game with four earned runs, six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

In the sixth, the Leopards (20-1) trailed 2-1 before Danielle Harvey's leadoff walk. After Tana McDaniel (1-for-3, RBI) flew out, Courtney Riddle (0-for-3) reached on an error and Summer Solovitch (1-for-3) singled to load the bases. Sierra Cannon (2-for-3) then doubled in Harvey and pinch-runner Josey Sims.

"We did not want to lose that game, especially after losing to them the first time," Cannon said. "I usually try lay off and get deep into the count, but I saw some good pitches and just went with it."

With runners on second and third, Kaylee Frascatore (1-for-2) tripled to bring in Solovitch and Cannon and make it 5-2.

"We were trying to do too much at the plate," Bittinger said. "Once we let the game come to us, everything got better."

According to Bittinger, Riddle (20-1) didn't have her best stuff but buckled down to limit the damage, allowing two earned runs, two walks and seven hits while striking out seven. She pitched a complete game and earned her 60th victory with the Leopards, a Hernando County record. Alexis Adams had 58 wins in her four-year career (2008-12) at Springstead.

Riddle also went 27-8 at Hernando Christian Academy as a seventh- and eighth-grader under current Nature Coast coach Ernie Chatman. Her overall prep record is 87-29.

Catcher Chyloe Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run for Nature Coast (19-3). She scored on a single by Courtney David in the third inning to give the visiting team a 2-1 lead.

Softball: Hernando outduels Nature Coast 04/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
  2. Rays vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Cubs

    7:10, Tropicana Field

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

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings (15 hits, 11 runs, seven innings), so Tuesday was a reassuring rebound.

  4. At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.

    Lightning 6-foot-8 defenseman Oleg Sosunov competes in the preseason opener. Phil Esposito jokes that Sosunov can reach the ceiling at Amalie Arena.
  5. Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Kevin Cash (L) of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on September 17, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) 700012494