Softball: Ailing ace delivers just fine for the Pirates

By Andy Villamarzo
Published February 9, 2008

DADE CITY - With Pasco ace Colena Lazar under the weather for Friday's game with rival Zephyrhills, one might think the Bulldogs would have an edge.

Instead Lazar struck out eight and gave up only one hit in a complete-game effort to help lead the Pirates to a tough 2-0 victory.

"She seems to throw better when she is under the weather," coach Shamalene Broner said. "It wasn't her best performance, but it was good enough to get the job done."

Pasco (2-0) scored first on Brianne Farmer's home run to lead off the bottom of the second. In the next inning, Pasco struck again, as Tyler Crisp hit for a double then scored on Colesa Lazar's single.

Zephyrhills (0-2) received a strong outing from freshmen pitcher Lauren Pasquale, who allowed five hits and struck out five. The Bulldogs all night had trouble hitting, which resulted in one hit off the bat of infielder Lacey Cook in the top of the third inning.

"We have to start hitting; we just are not hitting the ball " coach Craig Milburn said. "Pitching is a big part of this game and I thought we got a good pitching performance out of a ninth-grader tonight."