Yawn fires no-hitter
in rout of Brandon
Braden River's Ali Yawn threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts, requiring just 50 pitches Friday as the Pirates shut down the visiting Eagles 17-0 in a four-inning softball game shortened by the mercy rule.
Sarah Crawford hit a game-ending, three-run home run and had five RBIs and two runs scored for the unbeaten Pirates (8-0).
Also leading the offense were Myah Moy (4 for 4, three RBIs, four runs scored), Linda Ross (3 for 3, triple) and Bethaney Keen (2 for 3).
The Pirates face Tampa Bay Tech at home on Tuesday.
Manatee 2, Palmetto 1 -- Jordan Ely tossed a four-hitter to lead visiting Manatee (3-3, 1-1). Chris Lehman hit a two-run double in the third, one of Manatee's four hits, to account for both runs. Manatee returns to action Tuesday at home against Lakewood Ranch.
Saint Stephen's 3, Sarasota Christian 0 -- Nick Runde tossed a two-hitter and struck out six to earn his third complete-game win of the season. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate. Jake Westberry finished 2 for 3, including a sixth-inning double that drove in two to complete the scoring for Saint Stephen's (3-4), which plays 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Seffner.
CLASS 2A-REGION 3 TOURNAMENT -- Palmetto's Dominic Bass (152 pounds) and Leonel Barboza (160) won twice to advance to the semifinals at Punta Gorda Charlotte. Both are one win away from qualifying for the state tournament. Four other Palmetto wrestlers remain alive in their bids for the state tournament. Jose Ramirez (132), Alonso Houston (182), Brian Ormsby (220) and Nathan Heidenreich (285) are in the wrestlebacks after going 2-1. They need two wins to earn a state berth. With a loss, each is eliminated.Palmetto is seventh in the team standings with 40 points.
The regional tournament continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
CLASS 3A-REGION 2 TOURNAMENT -- Seven Manatee Hurricanes wrestlers remain alive after Friday's first round of action host at Kississimee Osceola.
Five are headed to Saturday's semifinal competition. They are: Marshall Craig (113 pounds); Charles Small (145); Matt McAleer (160); Connor Morang (170); and Brandon Dossey (182).
Caleb Patterson (106) and Daniel Cunningham (152) won consolation rounds Friday and advanced to Saturday's competition.
-- Herald staff reports