Miami-Dade High Schools

Palmetto beats American to win GMAC softball title

Miami Palmetto Sr. High wins the GMAC softball final against American at Palmetto Bay Park in Palmetto Bay on April 6, 2016.
Miami Palmetto Sr. High wins the GMAC softball final against American at Palmetto Bay Park in Palmetto Bay on April 6, 2016. For the Miami Herald

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.

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.

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