An extra effort boosts Hernando

Published March 23, 2005

BROOKSVILLE - Jeff Oleson's ninth-inning single gave Hernando a 5-4 win over Lecanto on Tuesday.

Hernando's Matt Padgett led off the ninth with a double and moved up on a balk off Kevin Fry (0-1). One out later, Oleson followed with a single to leftfield.

Relief pitcher Kyle Neal (2-0) picked up the win for Hernando (7-2).

Lecanto (2-5) scored three runs in the third. Fry doubled to score Justin Marckese who drew a leadoff base on balls. J.A. Colasanti scored on a wild pitch by Kurt Wyatt to make the score 2-0.

Brandon Vanderford relieved Wyatt and gave up a run-scoring single to Steven Lofaro. Vanderford then walked Zak Ulcek to load the bases, but ended the inning by striking out Miles Teller.

Hernando struck back in its half of the inning. Adam Watson blasted a 330-foot home run off Lecanto starter Chris Hudak.

Hernando scored another run in the fourth. Oleson singled, took second on a wild pitch, third on a balk and scored on Blake Vanderford's single. Hudak struck out Watson with two outs and runners on first and second to end the inning.

Hernando tied it at 3 in the sixth. James Johnson led off with a single and Blake Vanderford doubled to score Johnson.

The Leopards took the lead when Vanderford scored on a dribbling single by Mike DeVary with the bases loaded.

Lecanto knotted the score again in the seventh. Ken Wiemann led off with a walk and advanced when Zak Vlcek also walked. Teller then singled to left to score Wiemann with the tying run.

The loss was frustrating for Lecanto. "We left a village on base," coach Bruce Sheffield said.