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Softball roundup: Dunedin changes its luck against Tarpon

DUNEDIN — Dunedin hadn't defeated Tarpon Springs in three seasons in softball.

Jessica Lennon made sure the Falcons' losing streak ended Tuesday.

With the score tied at 1 in the sixth inning, Lennon, a junior, sent a roller toward the first base side of Spongers pitcher Annie Causey that eluded her grasp, allowing Taylor Blanton to score the winning run in Dunedin's 2-1 victory at home.

Lennon's heroics came with two outs and the bases loaded. In the second inning, Lennon, who had both RBIs for Dunedin (5-6), sent a grounder to shortstop that was just deep enough to score Ali Williams from third to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead.

"They're our rival," Lennon said. "We've always lost to them, but today I thought it was time to beat them.'"

So did pitcher Ashley Ehlers. She dared the Spongers to hit her by throwing heat out over the plate. Ehlers, who rarely fell behind in the count, finished with 15 strikeouts.

"She's our most valuable player," Lennon said. "We've got to do a better job helping her out, though. She can't do all the work."

Tarpon Springs (7-6) tied the game in the third when Erin Mullins led off with a double to the gap in right-center and scored on an errant throw from the catcher to Ehlers. The Spongers had runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings but failed to capitalize.

"We had baserunners, we just couldn't execute when we had to," Tarpon coach Dion Weaver said. "We didn't execute at the plate, and we didn't execute in the field."

Ehlers worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to culminate her shutout performance.

Causey also threw a complete game, striking out seven.

PHU 16, Northeast 1

Powered by a seven-run second inning, PHU turned up the offense at home against Northeast in a mercy-rule shortened win.

The Hurricanes had 16 hits, including five doubles and two triples while allowing only two hits.

Seminole 19, Clearwater 0

Seminole pitchers Sarah Read and Jennie Sittloh combined to no hit Clearwater in a five-inning victory at home.

Read struck out eight batters; Sittloh had five strikeouts.

Read and Nette hit triples for the Warhawks. Amanda Nette also had a double, as did Sittloh, Jen LaBau and Tiffany Race.

For a roundup of Tuesday's baseball games visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

Softball roundup: Dunedin changes its luck against Tarpon 03/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:29am]
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