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Pirates serve up the aches and pains to Belleview and pickups

Pirates freshman Megan Newsome helped ease the pain after tagging the bed of a white pickup truck with a home run to highlight an 8-3 win over Belleview on Friday.

By IZZY GOULD
Published April 28, 2007


DADE CITY - Coach Shamalene Broner sat in a dugout and pressed a towel on her left cheek. She had finally confronted the tooth ache that dogged her all week with a visit to the dentist and a couple of extracted teeth.

Pirates freshman Megan Newsome helped ease the pain after tagging the bed of a white pickup truck with a home run to highlight an 8-3 win over Belleview on Friday.

Pasco is one win from the final four and hosts Groveland South Lake on Tuesday. After the win, Broner was back to giggling and talking as usual.

"It's a good pain because we won, " Broner said. "...They picked me up tonight."

It was a bad night in general for pickup trucks.

Pasco shortstop Brianne Farmer crushed a pitch over the leftfield fence for an apparent grand slam in the first. Only after an umpire ruled it a foul ball did Pirates sophomore Colena Lazar realize that thud she heard was the ball whacking her black Ford F-150.

"I think our trucks are jinxed or something, " Lazar said. "...I'm going to park farther over from now on."

Farmer hit a sacrifice fly on the next pitch to tie it, sparking a five-run first including Lucy Schneider's suicide squeeze, an RBI triple by Newsome and a sacrifice bunt by Lacey Cook.

Belleview scored two more times in the second and third innings while Pasco added Newsome's third-inning blast and a couple of insurance runs in the sixth.