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Softball: Sunlake gets it together to topple Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — As a spell of illness hit its coaching staff, Sunlake came together to hand Hernando its first loss of the season.

The Seahawks traveled to Tom Varn Park and toppled the Leopards 6-3 Thursday without varsity coach Jami Finan or junior varsity coach Kelly Sayre.

Instead, baseball coach Dick Rohrberg and girls weightlifting coach Denise Garcia were on the bench for support as the team regrouped for a difficult Class 4A, District 8 road game.

"It's not about us," Rohrberg said after the victory. "It's about the girls. We're here for them."

Sunlake (2-1) took control almost immediately with starting pitcher Meghan Durbin (four innings, one walk, one strikeout, three runs) tossing no-hit ball for the first 21/3 innings as she was staked to a 6-0 lead.

Ashley Orta (2-for-3, triple, run, three RBIs) came up with clutch hits in the first and third innings to put the Seahawks in prime position.

"I was just doing what I needed to do to move the runners," Orta said. "It was really nice (tonight) because it shows how much we can all depend on each other."

Just when Hernando (2-1) started to gain some confidence offensively, reliever Tyler Riendeau replaced Durbin and closed the door for the final three frames. The senior struck out four while surrendering only one hit and no runs.

"In a situation like that, you want to bring the momentum back to our side," Riendeau said. "It was cool to have Coach Rohrberg and Coach Garcia there helping us out."

Softball: Sunlake gets it together to topple Hernando 02/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:21pm]
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