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Softball: Sittloh's bat boosts Seminole at Lady Canes tourney

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Sat. March 10, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Softball: Sittloh's bat boosts Seminole at Lady Canes tourney

CLEARWATER — Canterbury has been known to pull off an upset of softball teams in higher classifications.
Seminole made sure it was not a victim of one.

The Warhawks rallied from an early deficit Friday to beat the Class A defending state champion Crusaders 4-2 in the opening round of the Lady Canes Spring Tournament.

“Canterbury is a solid little club,” Seminole coach Mark DeRuzzo said. “This was a good win for us. It’s nice to get that first one because we dropped the first two in last year’s tournament and had to play catch-up the rest of the way.”

The Crusaders scored once in the first inning before the Warhawks responded by scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning.

Seminole added two more runs in the third inning.

Kristy Fudge struck out six batters and allowed five hits, all singles, for the Warhawks. Jennie Sittloh knocked in three of Seminole’s four runs with a double and a triple. Julia Cieutat had two hits for Canterbury.

Countryside 17, Plant 4: The Cougars had four players — Hailee Keisling, Alyssa Householder, Kelsie Sanchez and Samantha Sharpe — who had two or more hits.

“We were able to put the ball in play, stayed aggressive on the basepaths and played good defense,” Cougars coach Kaylyn Bayly said.

In the second game, Countryside rallied with four runs in the fifth inning to beat East Bay 5-4. Sanchez and Keeley Mayers ignited the comeback by each hitting two RBI triples in the fifth.

“We were a little sloppy at times in that last game,” Bayly said. “But the good thing is the girls didn’t get their heads down when we fell behind and they didn’t quit. It was good for us to come back in a game like this.”

East Lake 4, Osceola 3: The Eagles jumped out to a 4-1 lead through the first four innings and held on. Peyton Collins, Makayla Powers and Sarah Schutz each had two hits for East Lake.

“We’re young and rebuilding and learning as we go along,” Eagles coach Mike Estes said. “The defense has been solid and helped us pull out a lot of close games.”

Kara Oberer had a double, the Warriors’ only extra-base hit in the game.

Osceola won its first game 9-6 over Bloomingdale. Rachael Piscitello hit a home run, Oberer had a double and Magdaliene Vricos had a triple to lead the Warriors.

Palm Harbor University 17, Pinellas Park 1: The host Hurricanes started off with a resounding win in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

PHU led 17-0 before allowing a run in the fifth inning. In all, the Hurricanes had 19 hits. Five players — Jessica Adams, Megan Copeland, Logyn Lilley, Torey Scott and Rachel Taylor — had two or more hits for the Hurricanes.

“We’re a little unhappy about allowing that one run at the end,” PHU coach Chuck Poetter said. “But overall, we played well.”

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