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Softball: Durant outscores field 44-1 to win Mini Spring Fling

RIVERVIEW — What a difference a week made for Durant, which capped a 4-0 run Saturday to win the three-day Mini Spring Fling softball tournament at Riverview.

The Cougars, who went 1-3 last weekend at a tournament in Bartow, beat host Riverview 16-0 and Alonso 13-0 Saturday. That followed Friday's 11-0 win over Gaither and 4-1 win over Brandon.

So for the weekend, Durant (14-4) posted three shutouts by the 10-run rule and outscored the opposition by a 44-1 margin.

"I think that's phenomenal," coach Matt Carter said. "We've been struggling. I'm glad that things started to turn around."

Pitchers Paige Davis and workhorse Lauren Wolfe each got their second win of the series Saturday. Davis, a sophomore, tossed a two-hitter against Riverview.

"Paige did a great job," Carter said. "She's been biding her time."

Durant broke it open by scoring 14 runs combined in the third and fourth innings against the Sharks, who went 2-2. Olivia Cuellar led the offense with two hits and three RBIs. Jordan Lafave and Davis added two-run doubles.

Against Alonso, which went 3-1, the Cougars scored six runs in the first, highlighted by LaFave's two-run single. Durant added five runs in the third on Shannon Bell's two-run homer and Brooke Freeman's three-run double.

Brandon went 1-3 and Gaither was 0-4.

Other tournaments: Plant beat River Ridge 8-5 to take third at the Lady Canes Invitational in Clearwater. East Lake no-hit Palm Harbor U. 4-0 for the title. … Tampa Catholic beat Northside Christian 8-3 for third in the Mustang Invitational in St. Petersburg. Pinellas Park held off Cocoa Beach 5-4 for that title.

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BUCCANEERS ROLL: Kenny Barrett and Zack Sutton hit two-out, two-run homers in the fourth as host Berkeley Prep (8-7), which gave up five in the first, rallied for a 15-5 victory in six innings over Brooks-DeBartolo (6-8).

Softball: Durant outscores field 44-1 to win Mini Spring Fling

03/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:34pm]

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