PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor University was able to acquire the timely hits and benefit from Sarasota Riverview errors, resulting in a 6-0 victory Tuesday to advance to the Class 6A, District 7 final.
Jessica Adams got PHU going in the second inning by knocking an RBI single to rightfield, putting the Hurricanes up 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Megan Copeland battled Rams pitcher Corinne Jenkins, working her to a full count and fouling off eight more pitches before lining a grounder to leftfield for an RBI single.
“I knew she was going to live on that outside corner and I wasn’t going to let her get the best of me, so I was going to swing and foul off no matter what,” Copeland said. “I wanted to get those insurance runs.”
PHU (21-4, 5-1) crossed home plate once more in the fourth, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth.
The Hurricanes return to the Class 6A playoffs for the third year in a row, and the 12th in the past 13 thanks to a stellar two-hit shutout by Taylor Sabol.
“Taylor’s 17-3 and nobody talks about her, and she just goes about her business,” PHU coach Chuck Poetter said. “She wants to pitch every game.”
Sabol never seemed distraught against Riverview (13-10, 4-3). Her only jam came with one out in the fourth and a runner in scoring position. She struck out the next two batters to bolster the shutout.