After grabbing a one-run lead early, the Mariner Tritons' offense dried up, allowing North Fort Myers to claim a 5-1 District 5A-13 victory Tuesday night at Mariner.
Leading 3-1 to start the seventh inning, the Red Knights put the game on ice for starting pitcher Alynn Kayatta (9-3), who struck out three batters.
Sophomore Ashlee Hroncich came through with a two-run double in the seventh that widened the gap to the final 5-1 margin. Kaylee Morgan contributed two hits for the Red Knights (12-6, 6-1 district).
North Fort Myers sophomore Alynn Kayatta watches a ball out of the strike zone go by during the Red Knights’ game against the Mariner Tritons Tuesday night. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Alyssa Langdale struck out six batters for the Tritons, but was charged with the loss. Heather Gillions had two of the Tritons' five hits. They also committed four errors.
The Red Knights host Lemon Bay in a district contest Friday while the Tritons (10-8, 4-4) play at Fort Myers Thursday.
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W - Kayatta (9-3). L - Langdale (9-8).
2B - Krolczyk (M), Hroncich (NFM).
Ida Baker 12, Island Coast 0: Brittney Benvie drove in three runs and Lacie Ellithorpe (4-for-4) had two RBI to lead Ida Baker to a shutout victory over district rival Island Coast Tuesday night.
Maddy Peres (9-3) struck out 13 batters to earn her ninth victory on the mound without allowing a hit. Jessica Nuccio contributed three hits, scored three runs and drove in another for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (12-6, 6-2 district), who finished up district play, host Dunbar Thursday.
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W - Peres (9-3). L - McDonald.
2B - Ellithorpe (IB), Benvie (IB). 3B - Ellithorpe (IB), Deniece Bent (IB).
Island Coast 7, Ida Baker 1: Island Coast wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the District 6A-13 tournament with a victory over Ida Baker Tuesday night.
F.T. Corso (7-0) outpitched Baker's Sean Brady (6-1), striking out seven over six innings and allowing just the one run.
Corso also contributed two hits while Kameron Gellinger and Anthony Curlin added RBI hits.
Brady had a solo home run for the Bulldogs (12-4, 6-2 district), who host Dunbar on Thursday.
The Gators (12-5, 6-1) play Thursday at Charlotte. Both teams finished with six hits.
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W - Corso (7-0). L - Brady (6-1).
2B - Reneger (IB). HR Brady (IB).
Mariner 7, North Fort Myers 2: Bryce Borngraeber pitched four scoreless innings in relief, striking out eight while allowing two hits, as Mariner beat North Fort Myers Tuesday night.
Trevor Wrenn had two of the Tritons' eight hits, but Enrique Morales, Jason Pickett and Chris Mulvey each drove in runs for the Tritons.
Mulvey's single to center in the third inning drove in one run. When the outfielder misplayed the ball, three more runs scored, including Mulvey, on the same play. The Tritons added two insurance runs in the fourth, both on bases-loaded walks.
The Tritons (8-9, 3-3 district) play at Fort Myers on Thursday.
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W - Borngraeber (1-2). L - Lewis.