tampabay.com

Pirates strike back

Sophomore's winning homer avenges last year's loss to South Lake.

By IZZY GOULD
Published May 2, 2007


DADE CITY - On a night full of great moments, a sophomore's bat was the star.

Lucy Schneider crushed a three-run home run into some raucous fans beyond the leftfield fence, vaulting Pasco into the state final four with a 5-2 win over Groveland South Lake in nine innings.

"Last year (Schneider) had a great game against (Shaina Dent) and I knew she was going to have another great game against her tonight, " Pasco coach Shamalene Broner said. "I knew it was over."

The Pirates (26-4) avenged last season's region quarterfinal loss and finally broke through Dent, the Eagles' junior ace who struck out 12. Schneider finished Tuesday with a double, a home run and four RBIs.

"Last year I hit a three-run homer against South Lake and we lost, " Schneider said. "This year I did where they couldn't have a chance to come back."

Pasco's comeback began in the sixth with an RBI single by Colesa Lazar to score leadoff hitter Shaba Brown making it 2-1.

Brianne Farmer belted a lead-off triple in the seventh followed by a Schneider sacrifice fly to tie it at 2.

Pirates pitcher Colena Lazar hunkered down after allowing two runs in the fifth to finished with seven strikeouts. A pair of walks and a double steal allowed No. 9 hitter Kaitlyn Wilbanks to cash in with an RBI single. The second run scored on a throw to the plate and sent Colena Lazar crying to the dugout.

"I know not to walk anybody because walks always score, " she said. "It hurt me to see two runs up there because of me."

South Lake (25-4) was on the verge of scoring in the top of the ninth with runners at second and third and one out. Kristen Gaul popped out to freshman rightfielder Megan Newsome, who threw out Cassie Goode at the plate ending consecutive innings on double plays.

Pasco

5
South Lake 2
9 INNINGS