Anthony Churlin and Cole Ondrejka drove in two runs apiece and were 3-for-4 at the plate to help carry Island Coast to an 11-9 victory Thursday afternoon at Cypress Lake.
The Gators (10-5) raced to a 7-0 lead over the first three innings, but never trailed as the Panthers began chipping away at the margin.
Leading 10-5 in the top of the sixth, Christian Diaz added some insurance for the Gators with a solo home run, making it 11-5. The Panthers countered with a four-run rally in the sixth, but came no closer than the final margin of victory.
Island Coast junior Cordell Hale pitches in relief in Thursday’s win at Cypress Lake. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Cordelle Hale (2-0) earned the win in relief.
The Gators host Monsignior Farrell at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Island Coast 133 031 0 - 11 11 5
Cypress Lake 003 024 0 - 9 11 5
W - Hale (2-0). L - Gibson.
2B - Ciminatti (IC), Gavit (IC). HR - Diaz (IC).
First Baptist 4, Oasis 2: Oasis held a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning Thursday night, but a bases-loaded triple with one out by First Baptist's Blake Smith proved to be the game-winner.
Two errors and a walk loaded the bases for FBA ahead of Smith's hit, on which two Oasis outfielders collided going for the ball allowing all three baserunners to score.
Daniel Korchick pitched a gem for five innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs with 10 strikeouts, but was tagged with the loss.
The Sharks (4-14), who won their four games consecutively earlier in the season, play at Southwest Florida Christian on Tuesday.
First Baptist 100 003 0 - 4 4 5
Oasis 200 000 0 - 2 3 3
W - Emerson. L - Korchick (3-5).
2B - Watkins (FBA). 3B - Smith (FBA).
College singing: Quade Marinell, the youngest of four siblings, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., in the fall on a soccer scholarship.
Quade's brothers, Taylor and Chase, and sister Morgan all played athletics at Bishop Verot before him.
Several of his coaches spoke at the signing celebration March 24 at Il Primo Pizza at Summerlin and Cypress Lake Drive with friends, family and classmates.