Eagles, Sharks Roll to Mercy Rule Victories
By Danny Aiello Jr
Springstead 16, Weeki Wachee 0 (4 Innings)
Abby Oliver hit two home runs, and Paige Pfent tacked on a dinger of her own as Springstead throttled Weeki Wachee 16-0 Tuesday.
Pfent got things started for the Lady Eagles in the bottom of the first when she launched a solo home run into left-center field.
The remainder of the game would be all Springstead (7-1, 4-0 6A-6) as the Lady Eagles tagged Hornet (2-4, 1-2 6A-6) starter Abigail Pons.
The two-run first was followed by a six-run second, highlighted by booming doubles from Kama Woodall and Megan Nelski extending the lead to 8-0.
Oliver hit a two-run homer in a three-run third inning, and added a three-run jack in a five-run fourth to seal the mercy rule victory.
Adding six RBI to her 3-of-4 performance Oliver provided all the run support Kayla Cruz would need facing her former team.
Cruz fanned eight throughout the night, and only allowed one hit in her shutout performance.
Nature Coast 10, Hernando 0 (6 Innings)
Abbey Primavera threw a four-hit shutout, as Nature Coast downed district counterpart Hernando Tuesday.
The Lady Sharks (10-0, 5-0 5A-7) continued to ride the hot hand of Primavera who has allowed only 3 runs in 38 innings.
Outscoring opponents 82-4 coming into the game, Nature Coast shook off some early rust to put away a Hernando team that came out of the gates fighting.
“We came out extremely lethargic for four innings.” Sharks head coach Jug Olmstead said. “I jumped on their tails and we started to hit a little bit.”
Nature Coast would take the lead on a Primavera first-inning, two-run double.
A few Leopard miscues allowed the Sharks to tack on five more runs over the next three innings.
“We can’t sleepwalk through these games.” Olmstead added. “You can’t play to your opponents. We are better than that. We can’t take pitches off and that’s what happened.”
Ultimately the Sharks would tack on three more runs forcing the 10-0 mercy rule after six innings.
Cerina Brooks added two doubles for the Sharks who hit seven of them as a team.
For the Leopards, Ali Shenefield and Karli Kimbrough led off the game with back-to-back singles, marking two of the teams four total hits.