Monday, April 27, 2009

Hurricanes ready to rebound

If John Carlock had his way, a bus would be rumbling its way out of Pinellas County on Tuesday on its way to G.T. Bray.
Instead, Carlock and the rest of Manatee's softball team will be doing the traveling, heading to Seminole for a Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinal game at 7 p.m.
The Canes (23-4) are looking to put Friday's 1-0 loss to Venice in the District 12 championship behind them, and Carlock was pleased with what he saw during Monday's practice.
"Everybody seems in good spirits," he said.
Seminole (14-10) defeated Seminole Osceola to win the District 11 championship.
"We win (Tuesday)," Carlock said, "or we don't practice Wednesday."
Tuesday's winners advance to Friday's regional semifinal, where the Hurricanes could see the Indians again. Venice hosts Seminole Osceola in the quarterfinals.
Manatee swept Venice during the regular season before the Indians won the title tilt behind pitcher Stephanie Sullivan, who struck out 13 and limited Manatee to three hits.
Carlock knows his girls want to see Venice again - but they have to get there first.
"We tried to focus on this game," Carlock said of Monday's practice. "Whenever somebody brought (Venice) up, we shuffled it to the side and talked about something else."

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