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TUESDAY, FEB. 24 - WIN AT ST. PETE
WP – J. Stavrakos LP –
Tuesday, February 24th
Another district away game for Palm Harbor results in another victory for the Hurricanes vs the St. Pete Green Devils. The crowd was enjoying a nice pitcher’s duel until mid-game when PHU unloaded for six runs in the 5th inning in route to a 7-3 victory.
Senior John Stavrakos started for PHU and allowed only one hit to go along with three strikeouts and one earned run in five full innings. Junior John Pichman came in relief and pitched in the 6th and 7th innings notching two strikeouts of his own. Coach Hilbert using his deep pitching bench, called on Junior lefty Colt Mink to record the final out of the game.
Offensively, The Canes bats look sharp with 13 hits on the day and four players with multi-hit days. Junior Dan Hollander continued his hitting attack with a 2 for 3 day and one RBI. Senior Shane Mullen collected two hits (2-4, 1 run scored). Leadoff hitter Junior AJ Hrica (2-5, RBI, run scored) blasted a triple down the right field line. Junior Riley Degnan also had a 2-3 day with one RBI and one run scored. Junior John Pichman (1-4, 2 RBI, 1 run scored) gets the green light on a 3-0 pitch and bangs one up the middle for a two run RBI hit. Junior Evan DiFrancesco (1-1, RBI) roped a line drive RBI single to left making his only trip to the plate count. Other Canes contributing were Junior Adam Jurco (1-3, 1 run scored), Junior Mark Coleman (1-3) and Sophomore, Carter Wilson (1-3). Senior Jordon Downing and Junior Hunter Yates each had a run scored.
Palm Harbor played another defensively sound game on the field with a few defensive gems made by Junior Dan Hollander – one, when playing 2nd, charging and throwing across his body to get the runner by a half step. The other heads up play by Hollander, when playing shortstop, was covering third to tag out the runner at first trying to advance to third on an infield ground ball. The ground ball was hit to third baseman Shane Mullen who threw to the covering Hollander at third for the out. Sophomore Carter Wilson took a ground ball at short, took it upon himself to step on second and throw to first to complete the double play.
Great game for the PHU Hurricanes.
Next game: 2/27 at 7:00 pm at Riverview High School