They call him "House." But soon, members of the Pasco-Hernando Community College baseball team are likely to change that to "Yard."
As in "going Yard."
Freshman John Halliday hit his fourth home run in the past three Suncoast Conference games, and sophomore Kris Parrish pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Conquistadors to a 10-0 seven-inning win over rival St. Petersburg Junior College Wednesday afternoon.
Halliday, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman from Clearwater High, has feasted on SPJC's pitching in his past two games, showing little mercy for some familiar faces.
In PHCC's 11-5 victory Monday, the team's first conference win, Halliday homered twice. Wednesday, he hit a two-out breaking pitch over the rightfield fence for a two-run shot and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.
"I think I'm pretty much getting what I'm looking for right now," Halliday said. "I think I get up to some extent a little more when I play against some of these guys."
Said PHCC coach Steve Winterling: "John has been swinging a good bat recently and that's because he's waiting on his pitches. But I think, for some of these guys playing against a Pinellas team always means something. They have to see these guys all summer so they don't want to get beaten by them."
Even as Halliday smacked around SPJC starter Kevin Hagan, PHCC starter Kris Parrish (5-2) continued his strong pitching.
In six innings, Parrish gave up three hits, three walks and had three strikeouts. Hagan gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks and took the loss.
"Kris had the changeup going right away, and that got us off to a good start," Winterling said. "He was also spotting his fastball in the right places."
PHCC SOFTBALL: The Quistas, in conjunction with the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department, are scheduled to host a 12-team invitational at PHCC's New Port Richey campus and at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Hudson.
The tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday and runs through Saturday afternoon and will feature a first-day round robin involving four teams in three brackets. Single-elimination play begins Saturday. Results of the first day have no effect on Saturday's games.
PHCC (27-12, 6-3 in the Suncoast Conference) opens play at 8 a.m. Friday against Alvin Community College at New Port Richey. On Saturday, PHCC plays Edison Community College at 8 a.m.
Teams participating are Alvin CC of Alvin, Texas; Olympic CC, Seattle, Wa.; Tallahassee CC; St. Petersburg JC; Edison CC; Niagara CC, New York; Erie CC, Erie, New York; Hillsborough CC; Manatee CC; and Port Colborne, Ont..
"I know it seems to be a heavy undertaking," PHCC coach Tom Ryan said. "But once Friday morning comes and we get to playing softball everything will be fine. It's a great tournament for us. We get to play some top-ranked teams from out of the area and get ourselves some national exposure."