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Eagles' bats have an edge

PALM HARBOR — This is when baseball loses all semblance of art form. This was arena football, Wrestlemania and a Halo 3 tournament. The stands emptied and so did the bullpens. Players circled the bases as if it were kids night.

East Lake and Palm Harbor University combined for 21 hits Thursday, eight for extra bases.

And the teams combined to go through seven pitchers.

Eagles reliever Zach Gordon, however, came through, allowing just two hits in the final three innings to bring order in a 12-5 East Lake victory.

"Zach came up big," East Lake coach Mike White said. "He threw strikes throughout the game."

The victory may also stand as Will Fulmer's breakout game. The East Lake infielder hit two home runs in the last two innings to turn a close game into a rout.

"The first home run, I just tried to stay relaxed and turned on the pitch," Fulmer said. "The second homer, I didn't know if it would clear."

The Hurricanes (6-4) got in their hits, too. Zach Sobel and Joe Dhani each had doubles and Kyle Westwood had a home run.

But anything Palm Harbor University hit, the Eagles hit harder.

East Lake (11-4) also had a solid performance from Tyler Kellmann, who had a double and a homer. Taylor Lesch and Drew Posavec each added doubles.

The Eagles' offensive outburst came in a key Class 5A, District 9 game and a day after they were stymied in a loss to Osceola.

"This was a good response to the night before," White said.

Tampa Catholic 12, CC Catholic 2 (5 inn.)

TAMPA — Tampa Catholic scored a season-high in runs in just more than four innings in a mercy-rule win over Clearwater Central Catholic (6-8).

Tampa Catholic (8-4) broke the game open in the second inning when it had five consecutive hits.

The Crusaders chased Marauders starter Zack Olson after scoring three more runs in the third.

Justin Dargahi, Times correspondent

East Lake12
Palm Harbor University5

Eagles' bats have an edge 03/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 12:06am]
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