DADE CITY — Contrasting halves Friday made for an exciting rivalry game between Pasco and Zephyrhills. The first four innings came and went quickly while the last three were host to two lead changes, multiple hits and a 3-2 upset that gave the Pirates their first loss of the season.
"You know what, this is a wakeup call," Pasco coach Shamalene Broner said. "That is all it takes sometimes, is a wakeup call. Losing to Zephyrhills … the girls do not like it, it is just that bitter rivalry and this is one team they don't want to lose to."
More than half the game was a staunch stalemate with neither team even flirting with home plate.
Megan Newsome, at the top of the order, led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run that sailed over the fence in dead center. Lucy Schneider came in later on a Courtney Brandt single, putting the Pirates (11-1) up 2-0 going into the top of the sixth inning.
Even with the slow start, Broner wasn't comfortable going into the sixth.
"Two runs isn't enough runs against anybody," Broner said. "We had plenty of other opportunities to get more runs across, but we just didn't push the runs across."
The Bulldogs (7-4) answered after their first two batters flied out and looked at strike three, respectively. Briana Blanyar started the rally with a single to leftfield then the bases were loaded after a walk and an error on first baseman Brandt.
Brandy Welch came to the plate with her team down 2-0, the bases loaded and Pasco pitcher Colena Lazar took her to a full count. Welch doubled, drove in three runs and effectively gave her team an upset win.
"I just wanted to hit her, she was making me mad," Welch said of Lazar. "I just knew I was going to kill the ball."