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The Buzz

By Izzy Gould
Published March 2, 2007


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We were there

Pirates vs. Bulldogs. Bulldogs vs. Pirates. Check out the Sports section to see how the baseball and softball teams fared against each other.

3-for-1

Larry Beets has been coaching a long, long, looooong time, and yet Wednesday night's triple play turned in by his Rams against Pasco was the first one he could remember seeing.

With Pirate runners on the corners, third baseman Charlie Mohr fielded a sharply hit grounder, threw to Jeff Mattos at second for one out, who threw to Doug Burlett for the second, who threw home to Mike Vivasis the get the runner at home for a triple play.

Pasco had started the inning with six straight hits and the Rams were in big trouble until turning the rare three-for.

"We were in deep poop," Beets said.

Turns out it was a concussion

Turns out River Ridge pitcher Nicole Denney was suffering from a concussion, coach Ernie Beck said Wednesday night.

The Royal Knights ace was expected to be out a few days, but likely back in time for Tuesday's game against Central.

River Ridge won without her Wednesday with a 10-0 victory against Springstead behind the strong pitching of Sarah Simon.

Change at the top

Bishop McLaughlin relieved Meagan Sheehan of her coaching duties, replacing her as softball coach with athletic director Mike Zelenka. Sheehan contacted the Times through e-mail Wednesday night and said the move caught her "off guard."

"We thought we needed to go in a different direction," Zelenka said Thursday. He declined to give specifics on Sheehan's dismissal.

Zelenka will continue to coach the Hurricanes through the end of the season, then start the process of finding a new coach. They won their first game Thursday against Seven Rivers Christian, 13-3.

BEST BETS TO SEE TRACK

Chasco Invitational at Gulf, 4 p.m.

This is the first big meet of the season. So if you want to gage the talent in the county, this one's worth checking out.

Softball

Gulf at Pasco, 7 p.m.

The Pirates took the first one in this matchup of Class 4A, District 8 foes. The Bucs desperately want to win the rematch. Can they catch Pasco coming off Thursday's emotional tilt with Zephyrhills? Find out tonight.

Springstead at Zephyrhills, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs finish their four-game week with another 4A-8 foe in the Eagles. Springstead hopes to rebound after a 10-0 drubbing by River Ridge on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Ashley Anderton and Jessica Davis.

Mitchell at Ridgewood, 7 p.m.

The Mustangs will try keeping the Rams at bay in this conference matchup.

Baseball

Ridgewood at Land O'Lakes, 7 p.m. If last night's showdown between Geoff Parker and Aaron Brandt wasn't the best pitching match-up of the week, then tonight's is: Ben Koenigsfeld against Gator Matt Smith.

Mitchell at Gaither, 7 p.m. The Cowboys are the cream of the district, and Mitchell will go with ace Patrick Schuster in an attempt to join the contender crowd.

Wesley Chapel at Central, 7 p.m. The Wildcats have lost two straight and have a grand opportunity to snap the slide tonight.

Umatilla at Wiregrass, 7 p.m. The Bulls make their home debut.

Web blog

Have a question for one of our prep writers? Want to sound off in response to one of our county-by-county writers' blogs? Nominate Top Performers for the month? For this and more, check out our high school sports blog at http://blogs.tampabay.com/preps/.

Izzy Gould and John C. Cotey, Times staff writers

[Last modified March 1, 2007, 23:58:59]


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