CLEARWATER — The sun had crept below the horizon. The overhead stadium lights illuminated the field.
And yet Sickles pitcher Chelsea Oglevie had no thoughts of taking off her sunglasses.
Oglevie cruised through East Lake's acclaimed hitters in the afternoon and wasn't about to disrupt her flow just because the sun was no longer present.
"I'm kind of superstitious," she said. "I had them on at the beginning of the game because it was sunny. Since they hadn't scored, I kept them on."
Oglevie limited East Lake to just two hits and one run Friday in a 3-1 Sickles victory in opening-round action at the Palm Harbor University Spring Tournament.
Sickles (14-4) got two runs in the first inning on Mya Anderson's two-RBI single with the bases loaded. Then Oglevie kept the Eagles off the basepaths.
"I knew coming into the game how great of a team they were," Oglevie said. "I wasn't going to put up a bunch of strikeouts, but I just wanted to make sure that when they put the ball in play, they hit it so my team can field it and that's exactly what happened."
Freshman Kristen Berlo started at pitcher for East Lake (12-2) and held Sickles to three runs on six hits through seven innings. The Eagles' only run came in the third when Hayley Davis doubled down the leftfield line to bring home Kirsten Bembnowski.
Countryside 6, Tarpon Springs 3: Davionna DiSalvatore's fortunes on the volleyball court have been well documented. The Countryside standout, who will play libero at Ohio State in the fall, has been one of the bay area's top volleyball players in recent seasons.
Now, that standard of success is starting to translate to the softball field for DiSalvatore.
The senior, batting in the No. 2 spot for the first time this season, went 2-for-3 against Tarpon Springs, singling twice and bringing home three runs.
DiSalvatore hadn't played competitive softball since she was 12 until this season.
"I missed playing softball," she said. "I loved playing it and I stopped, and I'm just happy I get to play it one last time before I go off to college to play volleyball."
Countryside scored twice in the first inning and added two more runs in the second on DiSalvatore's two-RBI single to rightfield. DiSalvatore put Countryside ahead 5-1 in the fourth with another run-scoring single.
The Cougars extended their advantage to 6-1 before a series of errors in the seventh allowed Tarpon Springs to cut the lead to 6-3. Erika Queen, who pitched a complete game for Countryside, got the final batter to ground out.
Pinellas Park 1, St. Petersburg 0: Pinellas Park starting pitcher Sara Nevins threw a one-hitter, but it wasn't until her sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning that the Patriots could grab the lead.
Nevins struck out 12 while walking just one.
In the sixth, the Patriots' Tatum McDowell singled and stole second. She moved to third on Sammy Martin's single. Nevins followed with a fly ball to centerfield that scored the only run.
Seminole 3, Osceola 0: Seminole ace Sarah Read shut out Osceola over seven innings, allowing only four hits, to pitch the Warhawks to victory.
Tiffany Race had a single in the second to bring Seminole's first run across.
The Warhawks carried that lead into the sixth, when they scored two more runs for insurance. Emily Crawford's RBI triple was the inning's big hit.
Phu 9, Boca Ciega 0: Palm Harbor University's offense continued rolling against Boca Ciega, putting up nine runs to shut out the Pirates.
The Hurricanes' offense was highlighted by Madison O'Brien's bases-clearing triple. Taylor Sabol went the distance and allowed only three hits.