SPRING HILL — Only one night after getting hit by a line drive against Pasco that gave her a grapefruit-sized bruise on her left calf and a noticeable hobble, Zephyrhills ace Lauren Pasquale was right back on the mound Wednesday.
She found herself in the middle of a pitchers' duel but came out on top as the Bulldogs prevailed 3-2 over Springstead.
Pasquale took the shot off of her leg in the first inning and stayed in the game Tuesday night only to lose.
Once she got home, she noticed a contusion. She also had some difficulty walking during the day at school. Her parents were split on the idea of her playing. But because she wanted to give it a go, Zephyrhills coach Craig Milburn let her play and watched her closely.
"It kind of hurts when I plant, and the ball wasn't moving as much," Pasquale said. "You don't think about the hurt. You just think about the game."
Think about the game she did, getting all but one out for Zephyrhills (15-8). She mastered Springstead (12-5) with little offensive support. The Bulldog bats mustered five hits, none after the third inning.
"It is kind of like we've hit all year," Milburn said. "We haven't seen any bad pitching. I expected hitting would be one of our strengths, but it really hasn't worked out that way."
Alexis Adams did her part to keep the Eagles in the game, outpitching Pasquale in some respects. While the Zephyrhills star gave up two earned runs, Adams' line included only one earned run along with four strikeouts in the complete game.