PALM HARBOR — Just about everything that could go right did go right for Seminole on Wednesday against Palm Harbor University. Not only did the Warhawks squeeze in an 8-1 win before heavy rain stopped the game after five innings, they found out starting shortstop/pitcher Alex McGathey will return to the lineup next week.
McGathey has not played since being ejected in Seminole’s opener at Naples Barron Collier. He will miss a total of two weeks, according to coach Jeff Pincus. The four-game suspension includes home games tonight against St. Petersburg and Friday against Tarpon Springs.
“It’s really been blown out of proportion,” Pincus said. “I’m glad it’s all over. It will be really nice to have him back.”
Seminole didn’t need McGathey on Wednesday. The Warhawks scored all eight runs on two-out hits and got solid pitching from Nick Nolan. Cleanup hitter Adam Atkinson was especially dangerous. He went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a three-run home run. Leadoff hitter Brett Phillips was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Scott Withrow was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Seminole (3-0) scored in the first when Withrow drew a two-out walk off PHU starter Brent Horton and Atkinson then hit an RBI double that ticked off leftfielder Kevin Griffith’s glove. The Warhawks added three more in the third when Jordan Doyle hit a two-run double and Mike Mann followed with an RBI double.
“We got some timely hitting,” Pincus said. “The top guys in our lineup really came through for us.”
Nolan scattered four hits over five innings.