Pinellas Roundup: PHU spring softball tourney

Lady Canes Spring Tourney
CLEARWATER — One of the region’s top softball tournaments gets under way Friday afternoon in Clearwater.
Palm Harbor University High will be the host for the two-day Lady Canes Spring Tournament, his year featuring a deep, 16-team field.
Four teams from Hillsborough and two from Pasco will join 10 Pinellas County representatives.
Included in the field are last year’s championship-game finalists. Plant High edged River Ridge 1-0 in a game that went eight innings, the second straight championship to go into extra frames.
As of Monday, the tournament’s 16 teams have a combined record of 92-58 and 11 are playing above .500. River Ridge (Class 5A No. 3) and PHU (Class 8A honorable mention) are currently recognized in the latest Miracle Sports state rankings.
The tournament opens with games at 4 p.m. Friday. Barring weather delays, Saturday’s championship is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Most games will be played at various fields within the Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex, though three Saturday contests are tentatively set to take place at Sid Lickton Park, at 714 N Saturn Ave.
C-Side, East Lake track
HOLIDAY — Countryside’s boys and East Lake’s girls represented Pinellas County track and field well Friday at the 2014 Anclote High Invitational.
The Cougars got out in front of the boys field Friday and never looked back, putting together a dominant 100-point victory.
Countryside’s 181 team point total far exceeded second-place Ridgewood (81) and third-place East Lake (76).
The Cougars won seven individual or team events, led by distance runner Andrew Llewellyn’s pair of golds in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs.
Countryside runners also swept the top-three podium spots in the 400-meter and 800-meter runs. Robert Davis, Mekhi Reynolds and Nicholas Sprague, respectively, accomplished the feat in the 400 and Ryan Bennett, Billy Fitch and Llewellyn did the same in the 800.
On the girls side, East Lake took second behind Nature Coast Tech by a score of 101.5-92.
The Eagles earned second place with a solid team effort. The 4x800-meter relay was the only gold-medal event for East Lake.
Erica Lersch (800-meter and 1,600-meter runs) came home with two bronzes, Alivia Abraham took second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the long jump, and Cienna Nichols sprinted to third place in the 200-meter run.
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