TARPON SPRINGS — Seminole knew its district game with the Tarpon Springs would be tough. The Spongers won the teams' first meeting this season last month on Seminole's home field.
On Thursday, Sarah Read hit a three-run home run in the first inning as Seminole jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 12-1 victory. Read also was the winning pitcher.
"She is coming on of late," Warhawks coach Mike DeRuzzo said. "She's establishing both sides of the plate and keeping her composure out there."
Seminole got to Spongers pitcher Annie Causey right away as Amanda Nette doubled and scored on an error. Emily Crawford followed with a single before Read hit her home run.
"When you score in the first inning like that it takes a lot of pressure off your defense," DeRuzzo said. "It allows us to relax."
Read shut down the Spongers in order then the Warhawks tacked on two more runs in the second. Brooke Ours singled and Nette walked. Both scored on a single by Ali Bobo.
Seminole added another run in the third as Ours drove in Jen LaBau.
"They hit the ball well and put the ball in play hard," Spongers coach Dion Weaver said. "We had to make some plays and we didn't."
The Warhawks scored two more in the fifth and three in the sixth. Read pitched the complete game, giving up three hits, one run, one walk and striking out five.
"(Read) is a quality pitcher," Weaver said. "You're not going to win many games scoring one run."
Crawford led the Warhawks with four hits while Nette, Read, LaBau, Ours and Jennie Sittloh had two apiece.