Braden River High senior Courtney Mirabella allowed two hits and struck out 12 in six innings to lead the Lady Pirates to a 10-0 victory over Manatee March 5. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs.
It was Mirabella’s third time facing the Hurricanes this season. In their previous meeting, Mirabella pitched a perfect game.
Mirabella followed up her performance with a save in Braden River’s 4-2 12th-inning victory over Sarasota March 8. It was Mirabella’s second save of the season.
"I was forced to be a pitcher. Our pitcher got hurt, and I was actually a catcher at the time. My coach said, “Hey Courtney, you’re going to be our pitcher.” And I said, “OK, sure. Why not?”
You get blamed a lot when you lose, but I like the pressure and always having the ball in my hand.
Even if I’m not pitching my best, I try to get the outs. I try not to be selfish about it and get down on myself. I just always try to get my team out of the inning.
I’ll (never forget) my first TV game with the Gold Coast Hurricanes. I came on in the fifth inning. We were down, and we were playing a really good team. I pitched us out of it, and we won.
I miss catching. It’s just fun. I like being in the dirt. Pitchers — we are treated like princesses.
It’s just exciting knowing no one got a hit off you. It’s hard to achieve (a perfect game) every time. But it also puts a target on your back.
I love pressure. I handle it well. I stay calm. I don’t get freaked out a lot. It keeps the game interesting. My mom gets mad at me (though) for pressure situations, because then she can’t watch because she’s so nervous. "
Currently 0 Responses
Vitale accepts donation
Lakewood Ranch resident and ESPN Hall-of-Famer Dick Vitale on Sept. 9 received a $85,000 donation for the fight against cancer from Craig and JoEllen Mettille, of 380 Cos.
Prizes now offered for weather contest!
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Cardinal Mooney alumni plan reunion
Did you go to Cardinal Mooney in 1964? Your former classmates are calling for you!