Bishop McLaughlin downs Mitchell 11-2
In the second edition of the Farm Bureau Invitational, Mitchell (9-5) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but committed six errors allowing Bishop McLaughlin (13-2) to score 11 unanswered runs en route to an 11-2 victory Friday night.
Two of the top Pasco county squads met in the championship of the tournament held by Weeki Wachee High, marking the first time a Pasco county team won the Hernando county hosted tournament.
Entering the tournament not many expected a 3A class school to compete with the larger schools, but Swymer said his confidence never wavered. His trust was rewarded, as his Hurricanes took down the 6A Mustangs in the championship tilt.
“We are playing well on all three sides of the ball.” Swymer said. “As long as we pitch well and play solid defense, we think we can beat anyone.”
Hurricane first baseman Nate Pearson knocked in four runs, and pitcher Dominic Diaz settled down after a rough first inning to throw a complete game for the eventual tournament champions.
“We are a scrappy team.” Hurricane head coach Jeff Swymer said. “We battled a lot last year, and we got most of our guys back this year. I think guys are getting confidence and not worrying about a deficit.”
While Swymer praised his team’s resiliency, he had special praise for Diaz and his ability to bounce back after a rough first inning.
“We have confidence in all our arms.” Swymer said. “We have depth and we think we can beat anybody. We got off to a rough start, he’s a sophomore pitching in a championship style game so we expected some bumps. He settled down, pitched through it and pitched how we expected.”
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