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SOFTBALL: PHU softball and baseball come back for wins

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Published:   |   Updated: April 5, 2013 at 08:16 PM
PALM HARBOR -

It was comeback day at Palm Harbor University.

Minutes after the Hurricanes baseball team stormed back from a 7-1 seventh-inning deficit to beat visiting North Port, 8-7, the softball team needed a little late-game magic of its own to top the Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Canes didn't face quite the same steep climb as the boys, but they did enter the home half of the seventh down 7-6.

North Port pitcher Emily Sims retired the inning's first batter, but PHU found its focus on Senior Day and took care of business. Torey Scott drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 7-7 and Logyn Lilley walked the game off with a drive over center fielder Joelle Johnson's head.

PHU coach Kerry Katchuk praised his girls' effort to persevere, but said the distractions of Senior Day may have played a role in the Hurricanes eking out a victory over a Class 8A District 8 opponent they beat 18-1 earlier in the year.

Sims' three-run home run to center gave North Port a surprising 5-2 lead in the third and PHU found itself playing catch-up the rest of the day.

The Hurricanes cranked out 12 hits Friday afternoon, led by Moriah Connolly and Claire Hamilton recording three apiece. Rachel Taylor and Alayna Gallagher both had two hits.

In addition to smacking the game-winning hit, Lilley also earned the victory by pitching the last two innings.

Friday's victory temporarily put PHU alone atop the District 8A-8 standings at 5-1. The 'Canes and Sarasota Riverview entered the day tied at 4-1. Riverview played its final league game Friday night at East Lake.

BOX SCORE:

NP - 005 110 0 --- 7-9-0
PHU - 202 200 2 --- 8-12-0

WP – Logyn Lilley
LP – Emily Sims

WP – Logyn Lilley
LP – Emily Sims


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