BY GENE NARDI
The Seminole Ridge High School varsity softball team hosted Spanish River High School on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in a non-district contest and shut out the Sharks by a score of 3-0.
The first three innings were scoreless, as the Hawks (2-1) battled early with Spanish River. Stubborn defensive play and solid pitching from both teams made it difficult for either team to log a run on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Seminole Ridge managed to load the bases. Sabrina Fischer hit a single that sent in a runner to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Solid hitting by Courtney Erwin and Taylor Pennica kept the Sharks out of the dugout. Erwin hit a single, and Pennica struck a double to send Jordyn Frank to home plate. Frank beat the Spanish River catcher at the plate, capped with a slide for the second run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Fischer struck again, this time with a triple. Kailey Martin launched a single that turned into a double after a Shark error and sent Fischer home to extend the Hawk lead to 3-0.
The Seminole Ridge defense played solid throughout the game to shut down the Sharks.
The Hawks traveled to Park Vista last Thursday night but fell to the Cobras 4-3, and are 2-1 on the season.
Seminole Ridge played Jupiter Tuesday and Wellington on Thursday, but results were not available by press time.
ABOVE: Seminole Ridge second baseman Sabrina Fischer makes a throw to first base for the out.