BROOKSVILLE — After a tough schedule to start the season, Springstead was actually looking forward to squaring off with rival Central on Friday night.
That anticipation showed as the Eagles' bats came alive in a 9-7 victory over the Bears.
Springstead (2-3) crossed the plate only nine times, but it took stellar defensive play from Central shortstop McKenzie Burns to stop the bleeding on multiple occasions. While the Eagles had 16 base hits off Central pitching, Burns started double plays three times.
"It was a weird game. Anytime you get 16 hits, you should score 20 or 21 runs," Springstead coach Craig Swartout said. "They did a heck of a job defensively, especially their shortstop."
Springstead pitcher Alexis Adams (complete game, five strikeouts, two walks, five earned runs) was also one of the stars for the Eagles at the plate. She finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
One of the club's seniors, Jamie Lee Basinger, started at shortstop, but she was pulled early after being hobbled with a right knee injury. Swartout considers her day-to-day.
Springstead centerfielder Brittany Martinez, who shifted to short to replace Basinger, was another standout with the bat. She capped off the night by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Swartout expects the win over Central (3-2) will be only the beginning of the tide turning for his club now that the offense is producing.
"The bats finally woke up," Swartout said. "They had been dormant with the cold weather."