Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

6A region softball: Sarasota ousts Palm Harbor University 11-3

PALM HARBOR — Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Palm Harbor University couldn't seem to make the right ones Friday afternoon, from calling off a teammate and letting the ball drop to not throwing ball to a base when two Sarasota runners were occupying it to letting the Sailors get three hits when they were merely trying to put down sacrifice bunts.

That combined with the Sailors' red-hot bats led to a surprisingly lopsided 11-3 loss in a Class 6A regional semifinal.

The Sailors, who had lost their two previous games to Palm Harbor University by 3-2 scores, rapped out 15 hits, breaking open a close game with eight runs in the final two innings.

Not even senior shortstop Maddie O'Brien could save the Hurricanes (22-5) on this day. Not to say she didn't try.

Atoning for an error in the top of the third inning that let a run in, O'Brien homered in the bottom of the third to pull the Hurricanes within 3-2, as close as they would get.

The FSU-signee wrapped up her high school career with an incredible postseason run. In her last four games beginning with the district semifinals, O'Brien had three homers, two doubles and 14 RBIs.

Despite her efforts, Sarasota sent 16 batters to the plate in the last two innings, getting eight hits and eight runs.

6A region softball: Sarasota ousts Palm Harbor University 11-3 04/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 10:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Former closer Sergio Romo acquired from Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays made a move to help the bullpen Saturday night when they acquired RHP Sergio Romo, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Dodgers.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 7, 2017.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.