SEMINOLE — Different uniform, same success for junior pitcher Alyssa Bache.
Bache, who plays for East Lake now after earning numerous accolades during her freshman and sophomore years at Countryside, entered Tuesday's game against new district rival Seminole having pitched 19 shutout innings in the Eagles' three wins over the weekend at the Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament.
Bache recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts in a victory over Eau Gallie then shut down Lake Mary 1-0 in the final to help East Lake claim the championship.
Against the Warhawks on Tuesday, Bache continued her early-season mastery. The strong-armed right-hander went the distance for East Lake, striking out 13 and recording her fourth straight shutout to start the season in a 3-0 win for the Eagles.
In the newly realigned districts, East Lake and Seminole figure to be the frontrunners in 5A-11. "This one helps us," East Lake coach Mike Estes said.
The Eagles (4-0) got the only offense they would need in the first inning. Alyssa Weaver led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Kirsten Bembnowski, batting No. 3 in the Eagles' lineup, laced a double down the rightfield line to bring Weaver home and score East Lake's first run. Bembnowski came home later in the inning on a Seminole (1-1) error to make it 2-0. Sydney Dinelli's RBI single to center brought home an insurance run in the seventh.
Bache (4-0) gave up leadoff walks in the third and fourth innings but escaped unharmed. She cruised through the fifth and sixth in order before allowing consecutive singles with two outs in the seventh to Jennie Sittloh and Melissa Miles. With two on base, Bache struck out Brooke Ours to end the game.
Seminole right-hander Sarah Read pitched a complete game and limited the Eagles to two earned runs on six hits. Read also had Seminole's first hit, a double to the gap in left-center in the fourth.