DADE CITY — Pasco does a lot of things right, as coach Pat Fortunato well knows.
“We can hit the ball real well — that’s what we can do,” he said.
However, errors and wild pitches doomed the Pirates (4-3, 4-3 Class 5A-District 7) in a 10-4 loss to district rival Brooksville Hernando.
“We just have to keep working,” Fortunato said. “That’s really all there is to it.”
The Leopards (10-1, 8-0 5A-7) controlled the game from the start, taking a 1-0 lead in the first, then building that to 3-0 in the second.
Two of the first three Hernando runs were scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch, as starter Corey Mills lasted just 3ª innings before leaving with an arm injury.
The Pirates (4-3, 4-3) came back to trim the deficit to 3-2 in the third thanks a wild pitch after singles by Sam Newlon, Robbie Hanlon and Turner Imhoff, whose hit drove in a run.
In 83 pitches, Mills allowed six hits, five earned runs and struck out two, but the four wild pitches helped Hernando build a 7-2 lead by the fourth.
Down 10-2, Pasco added runs in the fourth when Michael Hattaway scored on a single by Hanlon, and another in the fifth when Tyree Austin scored on an error.