The Cape Coral Seahawks made the most of their chances, and lived to fight another day.
The Seahawks defeated Cypress Lake 2-0 Monday night in the first round of the District 5A-13 softball tournament at North Fort Myers High despite totaling just three hits. None of the hits had any effect on the runs the Seahawks scored.
Monday's game included a 32-minute lightning delay, which came during the top of the second inning. Clara Mediano had just scored the game's first run for athe Seahawks on a walk and three Cypress Lake errors. With runners on second and third and one out, the game was halted. Cypress retired the side once play resumed.
Cape Coral sophomore Kerry McLaughlin swings the bat during the Lady Seahawks’ 2-0 win Monday in the opening game of the District 5A-13 tournament at North Fort Myers High School. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
The Seahawks used a walk, a misguided throw to second base and a wild pitch as Allison Slaughter scored in the seventh.
Cypress Lake pitcher Andy Andrews allowed just three hits and struck out seven, but also walked five batters. Two of those turned into two Seahawks runs.
She did her fair share of pitching out of jams, leaving two runners stranded in scoring position in the second, third and seventh innings.
"We need to make sure that we're executing a little bit more," Seahawks coach Amy Petruska said. "We had a couple of opportunities where we had runners at second and third and couldn't get those runners home. Just make sure we're hitting the pitches when they're there."
Asked if the lightning delay robbed her team of offensive momentum, Petruska said, "I'd like to think so, but you just don't know. I would have definitely liked to get those runs. It would have helped."
Andrews also had three of Cypress Lake's five hits.
Seahawks pitcher Makenzie Buss pitched into and out of trouble early. She stranded six Panthers' runners in scoring position in the first three innings without giving up a run.
"Our defense played pretty well tonight," Petruska said. "We got out of some tough situations."
Buss allowed only one hit after the third inning, and that runner was caught stealing. Buss was Cape's leading hitter with a pair of singles.
Cape Coral 101 000 1 2 3 1
Cypress Lke 000 000 0 0 5 4
WP - Makenzie Buss (9-10). L - Andy Andrews. W: Buss (9-10).
2B - Marceau (CL).