Softball: Pasco freshman throws no-hitter

Courtney Brandt comes up big for the Pirates in her first varsity start.

By Andy Villamarzo, Times Correspondent
Published February 23, 2008

DADE CITY - Pasco coach Shamalene Broner wanted to give ace Colena Lazar a break and allow a freshman pitcher to make her first varsity start on the mound.

And the result?

Thirteen strikeouts on 85 pitches and a no-hitter in seven innings to lift Pasco over Hernando 6-0.

"I was pretty nervous," Pirates pitcher Courtney Brandt said. "But as the game went on, I gained confidence, and I thought I did pretty well."

Pretty well just might be an understatement for Pasco's play to start the season.

The Pirates (5-0) have not allowed a run and have given up only two hits through the first five games.

The Leopards (3-4) threatened to break the Pirates' streak in the first inning when Brandt hit Katie Killingsworth to start off the game. The next batter, Katie Geige, walked on five pitches, and Killingsworth proceeded to steal second and third with no outs.

But the Pirates turned a double play on Erica Maldonado's attempted sacrifice bunt to keep the Leopards off the board.

The Pirates would eventually score two in the bottom of the third inning and tack on two more in the fifth and sixth innings, highlighted by Sherita Jenkins' deep home run to straight-away centerfield, giving them a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Pasco 6 Hernando 0