Last week's sectionals proved a bit tougher for two West Pasco teams that claimed district championships a week earlier. Both Senior All-Star teams in baseball and softball lasted just three games into the second round of the Little League playoffs.
West Pasco's softball team opened the Section 3 tournament at Helen Howarth Field in Pinellas Park with a decisive 13-4 win over Venice. But a 6-1 loss to Naples followed by a 14-5 loss to Seminole ended West Pasco's post-season run.
"They played excellent ball through most of the district tournament and they knew they were facing tougher competition (in the sectionals)," West Pasco manager Steve Booth said. "And while they were disappointed that we didn't play well against Seminole, they certainly were very happy with our other achievement."
Pitcher Brandy Krieg, who had two wins in the district playoffs, earned West Pasco's sole victory in the sectional. She struck out four and gave up five hits against Venice.
Krieg also had a single and double in that game. Stephanie Booth and Amy Birch fueled the offense with two doubles, a single and three RBI apiece.
Birch, who also pitched West Pasco to a pair of wins in the district tournament, had eight strikeouts against Naples. But she allowed nine hits, including two home runs. Birch scored her team's only run on Booth's single.
Melissa Brumbaugh allowed 10 hits and took the loss against Seminole. West Pasco's top hitters in that game were Vanessa Farmer, Alicia Litak, Kelly McDonough, Birch and Booth.
"Our defense was not as good (against Seminole) as it has been," Steve Booth said. "We made too many errors."
On a brighter note, seven players are likely to be a part of next year's all-star team. Krieg is 13 and the 14-year-olds are Ashlea Thomas, Erin Derkevics, Brumbaugh, Farmer, McDonough and Leah Plummer.
SENIOR BASEBALL: West Pasco's baseball team also defeated Venice 9-5, but it fell to Fort Myers 5-1 in the opener at Dunedin's Englebert Complex and closed out the season with an 11-5 loss to Seminole.
Pitcher Jamie Carrero earned West Pasco's only win, and Justin Case and Charlie Sherwood each lost a game.
Jason Remmel, Bobby Weimer, Case and Carrero were West Pasco's leading hitters in the series, and Remmel, a catcher, threw out six baserunners on attempted steals.
"I still think it was a real positive season," West Pasco manager Jeff Remmel said. "It was probably one of the best seasons we've ever had at West Pasco."