CLEARWATER — The Palm Harbor University Hurricanes and the East Lake Eagles are used to playing tight contests. But they never expected to have a game like the one they played in the final of the Lady Canes Spring Tournament on Saturday night at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Logyn Lilley drove in Jessica Adams in the bottom of the 10th inning with a single to leftfield to give PHU a 15-14 victory and the tournament championship.
"That's a heck of a team over there," PHU coach Chuck Poetter said of the Eagles. "We scored a lot this weekend, but I don't think we have ever given up 14 runs."
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first as Makayla Powers walked and scored on a single by Nicole Szelest.
The Hurricanes took a 5-1 in the second behind three walks, a hit batter and two hits. Samantha McCloskey and Torey Scott did the most damage with a two-run double and a two-run single.
East Lake quickly tied the game in the third inning by taking advantage of two PHU errors and Marissa Palumbo's two-run double.
The Eagles tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and one each in the fifth and sixth innings to appear to put the game out of reach. The problem was they couldn't keep PHU off the board.
PHU scored three runs in the sixth behind McCloskey and Scott again and added two more runs in the seventh to tie the game. Rachel Taylor came off the bench with two outs and singled in two runs to send the game into extra innings.
Again East Lake appeared to put the game out of reach as the Eagles scored four runs in the ninth, but the Hurricanes tied it again.
In the 10th, Adams walked and stole second base. After another walk Lilley came through with her heroics.
"We hit the ball well tonight," Eagles coach Mike Estes said. "Our youth showed up and cost us the game."
The teams meet Thursday in a district contest.