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Warriors' late burst enough for softball win

TARPON SPRINGS — Osceola waited until the last possible moment Wednesday to get any kind of offense against Tarpon Springs.

What offense the Warriors got was just enough in a 4-1, eight-inning victory over the Spongers.

Shut down by starting pitcher Annie Causey through six innings, Osceola (8-3) tied the score at 1 with two outs in the seventh. In the eighth, Osceola's Allison Shirley hit a three-run home run against the wind to the deepest part of centerfield to give the Warriors a dramatic victory.

"I have confidence in the girls because I think we can hit the ball," Osceola coach Bill Rasmussen said. "We have a great hitting team. I never doubt them."

Tarpon Springs (9-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jen Hunter's RBI double in the first, which held up thanks to Causey, who wasn't overpowering but located her pitches well in limiting the Warriors to two hits through six innings.

In the seventh, though, Causey allowed leadoff batter Kayla Shavers to reach base with a single. She scored from second with two outs on Dayna DeBaylo's bloop single.

In the eighth, walks to the inning's first and third batters put two on for Allison Shirley, who, with two outs, crushed a ball that was gone the moment it left her bat.

"I was just trying to hit the ball, trying to make contact," Shirley said. "I wasn't thinking about hitting a home run."

Tarpon Springs had numerous opportunities. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Hunter, Tarpon's leading hitter, fouled out. In the sixth, Autumn Gill, trying to score from second on a single, was thrown out at the plate by Osceola centerfielder Stephanie Juergens.

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Warriors' late burst enough for softball win 03/19/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 11:57pm]
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