So far this season, when the Nature Coast softball team gives up a run it seems like a big deal. Three weeks into the season, the Lady Sharks remain undefeated at 6-0.
On Tuesday, they thrashed Hudson, 17-2, in just five innings. Junior Chayse Skinner went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and five driven in, while Alanis Berrios and Cerina Brooks also had three hits, combining to score five runs and plate four. Alyssa Kelly, who also homered, and Celine Kordon added three runs batted in apiece.
Nature Coast followed with a 10-0 win over Central on Friday, needing just 4 ½ innings. Senior Abbey Primavera led the charge at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run and four RBI, and struck out six on the mound in three innings of work. Kalynn Callari added two RBI.
That marked the fourth shutout of the season for the Lady Sharks, who have outscored their opponents by a stunning 68-6. Four of those opposition runs were scored by Hernando in a 7-4 win for Nature Coast in nine innings on Feb. 21. Otherwise, the Lady Sharks haven’t been challenged, though that could change when they visit unbeaten Belleview on Monday.
Hernando (4-2) has been nearly as impressive, its only other loss coming to another area powerhouse, 3-1 at River Ridge on Feb. 16.
In their four wins, the Lady Leopards have dominated by a combined margin of 65-0. That includes a 10-0 blanking of Central on Tuesday, in which Josey Sims went 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI, and Kaylee Frascatore drove in two. Sophomore Ali Shenefield threw a no-hitter in the mercy-rule shortened, five-inning contest, striking out 12. Hernando followed with a 17-0 thumping of Gulf on Friday.
Springstead (5-1) shut out Tampa-Academy of the Holy Names on Monday, 3-0, and knocked off Weeki Wachee on Tuesday, 16-1. A Thursday game at Crystal River was postponed due to rain.
Against Holy Names, Abby Oliver went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Emily Kolwicz notched two RBI to back Kama Woodall scattering six hits and striking out eight in seven shutout frames. Oliver was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI versus the Lady Hornets, while Paige Pfent went 4-for-4 with four runs and a RBI.
The Springstead baseball team also has an unblemished slate thus far, improving to 5-0 with three wins this week, including a pair of shutouts against Class 6A, District 6 foes to move to 3-0 in district play.
On Tuesday, the Eagles defeated Lecanto, 8-0, as Brett Maharaj was 4-for-4 with two RBI and also pitched four innings giving up a hit and a walk against five strikeouts. Jack Jasiak got the win throwing three 1-hit frames, walking one and fanning four.
Then on Friday, Springstead collected an 8-0 victory over Crystal River. John Oliveira homered and went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Max Glenn was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Joey Delgatto (four innings, two hits, a walk and eight strikeouts) and Kevin Tomas (three innings, a hit, two walks and four strikeouts) teamed up for the shutout.
In between, the Eagles downed Central on Thursday, 9-6. Dakota Blevens tripled and had three RBI. Johnathan Allion doubled and drove in three runs for the Bears.
Central (3-2) won its other two games of the week, 7-3 over Hudson at Tuesday and 16-5 against Gulf on Friday. Dalton Lewis plated two runs against the Cobras and also got the win on the mound.
Hernando (3-2) traveled to Fivay on Tuesday, winning 12-6 as Conner Morgan and Anthony Urso were both 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Brad Ellis knocked in three runs. On Friday, the Leopards lost at Ridgewood, 8-7, and fell at Palatka on Saturday, 5-4.
Nature Coast (2-2) blasted Ridgewood on Tuesday, 9-1, then lost 5-4 to Hudson on Friday.
At the Mitchell Track and Field Invitational on Friday, Nature Coast’s boys came in third (74.37) followed by Springstead in fourth (63.37). Jordan Wright picked up a first for the Eagles in the 110-meter hurdles (15.93), and so did Kyle Manuel in the discus (158-8). The Sharks won in the 4x400 relay (3:42.94) and 4x800 (8:46.46).
The Lady Sharks placed fourth (63), headlined by Kaitlyn Pierce taking first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.54. She also teamed with Velma Brinson, Leah Marville and Madison Mookdasanit for first in the 4x400 relay (4:29.90).
Hernando’s Kaitlyn Batten won the 100 hurdles in 17.46, Springstead’s Jacy Scharlow captured the high jump with a 5-2, and Seytia Hill from Weeki Wachee registered a first-place 110-11 toss in the discus.
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