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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]
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