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New plan, same result

Seminole fares better than the last time it met PHU, but the 'Canes still come away with the win.

By MEYLA HOOKER
Published May 7, 2005


PALM HARBOR - Seminole did something no team in Florida has managed this season: they scored a run against Dani Hofer.

But that was all the damage the Warhawks (19-6) did, falling to Palm Harbor University 3-1 in a Class 5A region quarterfinal.

The defending state champion Hurricanes travel to Venice for a semifinal Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Hofer (19-0) had 14 strikeouts and allowed four hits.

Seminole hardly resembled the team the 'Canes faced back on April 7. PHU (27-0) beat the Warhawks 4-0 in that outing on the heels of a 12-strikeout no-hitter by Hofer.

"They did an excellent job of making the right adjustments," PHU coach Chuck Poetter said. "They hit the ball well (Friday)."

Seminole pitcher Lizzy Milhan (11-4) struck out one and allowed 11 hits. She was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and single. Shannan Tyson and Christal Kotchman each had a single for the Warhawks.

The Hurricanes scored two runs in the third inning and one in the fifth. Seminole scored its only run in the fourth.

PHU's Elysha Agan was 3-for-3 and Stephanie Loza was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Tyson made a dazzling play in the fifth, robbing Hofer of a three-run homer. Tyson went over the centerfield fence to make the catch on Hofer's deep flyball.

"They were hitting the ball great off me," Hofer said. "They definitely improved."

Venice (23-4) won District 13 and beat Estero 1-0 in its quarterfinal game.

Asked if he knew anything about Venice, Poetter pulled out his extensive scouting report.

Joked Poetter, "Do you want to know what they eat for breakfast?"

Meyla Hooker can be reached at 727 445-4224 or e-mail mhooker@sptimes.com