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Wed. February 23, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

PALM HARBOR — East Lake pitcher Alyssa Bache has mesmerized opponents with a variety of pitches this season. In seven starts heading into Wednesday’s showdown with county rival Palm Harbor University, the senior right-hander had allowed just two runs (one earned), pitched two perfect games and was one out away from another.

The Florida recruit, though, was not perfect against the Hurricanes. She gave up four hits and struck out four, well below her average.

Nevertheless, she picked up another shutout and won in dominating fashion. The spotlight belonged to the offense, which had 14 hits in a 13-0 victory that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“Alyssa had a little bit of tightness coming into the game,” East Lake coach Mike Estes said. “But she started to get loose once she was out there and we were able to pick it up with our offense. We got on them early, and that’s really all that Alyssa needs.”

The big innings came in the second and fourth. The Eagles sent 12 batters up in the second inning and scored eight runs, more than enough for Bache.

East Lake (9-0) had 11 batters in the fourth inning and added five more runs. Sydney Dinelli led the Eagles’ hit parade, going 3-for-3 with two doubles.

This is the second time this season East Lake has beaten Palm Harbor University by 10 runs or more. At a tournament two weeks ago, the Eagles beat their rival 11-1 en route to winning the title.

“We’ve had some success against Palm Harbor so far,” Estes said. “This time we were really patient at the plate. We took a lot of pitches, made contact, capitalized on some mistakes and did a good job of scoring.”

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