Pasco-Hernando State College needed two wins to keep its season alive and Sean Osceola, of the Brighton Reservation, put his team on the right track with a masterpiece.
Having come out of the losers’ bracket in the National Junior College Athletic Association Southern District tournament, Pasco-Hernando was in a win-or-go-home situation, needing to beat Brunswick twice.
Osceola, a freshman right-hander, took care of the first leg. The Okeechobee High graduate fired a complete game May 13 as Pasco-Hernando defeated Brunswick, 5-2, in North Carolina. In nine innings, Osceola allowed seven hits, fanned nine and walked two.
The next day Pasco-Hernando topped Brunswick again, 6-1, to win the district and earn a bid to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Oklahoma.
Pasco-Hernando opened the World Series with an 11-10 win against Lackawanna, of Pennsylvania, on May 25 in Enid, Oklahoma. Osceola started, but lasted only 2.2 innings. He allowed seven runs on five hits, but only four were earned. Pasco-Hernando committed four errors in the game.
(Editor’s note: The double-elimination World Series was still going on as of press time for this issue of the Tribune).