Pasco Baseball Coach Hopes Loss Will Be Beneficial
DADE CITY - The Pasco baseball team received a collective shock Friday when Hernando came in and gave the Pirates their first loss of the season. The Leopards treated it like they had just won the World Series. Pasco (3-1) saw it as a much-needed grounding. "Hopefully this wakes us up, makes us more intense," senior pitcher Aaron Brandt said. Due to Tuesday's rainout, the Pirates will play their first game since the loss today when they travel to Nature Coast, a district opponent.The Springstead game that was rained out Tuesday is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Springstead. "They're going to have to get to the point where they know that they have to play every night," Pasco coach Ricky Giles said. "Friday was one of those nights and it happened at the right time to tell you the truth. We knew something was going to happen. I thought Gulf was going to get us. ... I think us having that loss, we can sort of get a better perspective of what we need to do." Against Hernando, the Pirates had just three hits, an unusually low number for the perennial high-powered Pasco offense. "It was our hitting," junior shortstop Jacob Schrader said. "We were flat the whole game. Aaron Brandt pitched a one-hitter but we couldn't help him." Brandt pitched a complete game against Hernando and gave up no earned runs. The Pirates had three errors. Pasco had scored 27 runs in three games before the 3-2 loss to Hernando. "We could have made three or four more errors than we did but if you don't hit the ball, if you only get three hits, you're not going to win many ballgames," Giles said. "And for us to just get three hits, we haven't been in that situation in a long time." Giles said there wasn't anything the batters did wrong. They just didn't get the job done that night. "We hit the ball hard, we hit the ball deep, but we hit the ball right at them," Giles said. "It was one of those types of nights." With regard to Nature Coast, which is strong again this season, the Pirates say these games have become rivalry games because Pasco lost 10-6 to Nature Coast at home last season then beat the Sharks 11-0 in the district final.