Sophomore Hannah Burge went 3 for 4 and scored a run to lead the Palmetto softball team’s offense in an 8-1 victory over American in the GMAC final Wednesday afternoon at Palmetto Bay Park.
Sophomore Brittany Barczak (6-3) pitched a complete game, striking out four batters for the Panthers (20-4).
“We played a good team — they have definitely improved from the last time we played them,” seventh-year coach Emilio Exposito said. “Our pitcher did a fantastic job on the mound, and so did Hannah at the top of the lineup.”
Senior Alyssa Vincent had a triple, three RBI and added a run for Palmetto.
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After this win, the Panthers must focus on the win-or-go-home intensity of the district playoffs, where a match-up against Southridge awaits.
“We have to focus on our hitting and coming out early and to have solid defense, as I always preach,” Exposito said.
Last season, the Panthers went 20-9 and reached the regional semifinals.
Palmetto 8, American 1:
AME 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 3 5
PAL 0 5 2 0 0 1 0 — 8 9 3
WP: Brittany Barczak (6-3), CG, 4K’s, H. LP: A. Alfonso. Hannah Burge 3-4, R, RBI. Alyssa Vincent 1-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI. PAL 20-4.