The District 5A-12 baseball championship belongs to a Cape Coral team after Cape Coral and Mariner, the No. 1-2 seeded teams, dominated opponents in semifinal round action Tuesday night with five-inning mercy-rule shutout victories.
Four Cape High pitchers combined for a no-hit effort against Lely, striking out 12 batters over the five innings. The win goes to starter Kyle Arjona, who pitched two innings with four strikeouts. In one-inning relief appearances each, Jose Valmana (three strikeouts), Tyler Tognarine and Sandro Feliciano finished off Lely 11-0.
Matt Richey led the Seahawks' nine-hit offense with two hits and two RBI with a number of teammates contributing with hits and RBI.
Mariner sophomore Mason Eicher (left) gets a fist bump from coach A.J. Reyes after a single to right field Tuesday in the Tritons’ 10-0 District 5A-12 playoff victory over Cypress Lake. The Tritons faced Cape Coral for the district championship Thursday night. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
The Seahawks put the game away early with eight runs in the first innings, adding two more in the second and one in the third. The win sends top seeded Cape (20-4) into Thursday's championship tilt against No. 2 seed Mariner, which dispatched Cypress Lake 10-0 in five innings. The Seahawks won both regular season meetings with the Tritons.
"It will be the same kind of crosstown rivalry game," said Seahawks coach Mike Gorton. "Whoever makes the least errors will win the title."
The championship game is at 7 p.m. at Cape High.
Mariner 10, Cypress Lake 0: Michael Patton allowed just three hits over five innings to hold Cypress Lake at bay while Mariner's offense broke open a tight game with a seven-run fifth-inning outburst Tuesday in the semifinals of the District 5A-12 Tournament at Cape High.
Mason Eicher (3-for-4) and Joey Morales (3-for-3) did most of the damage for the Tritons. Eicher drove in three runs and Morales one.
"We stranded a lot of runners in the first two innings," said Tritons coach Tom Woodley. "Judging from what we did today, I think our kids are ready to play. All season we have had at least one guy injured, but the last guy was cleared on Friday, so we have a full roster for the first time now."
The Tritons (14-11) assured themselves of a regional playoff appearance by advancing to Thursday's championship game against Cape or Lely at 7 p.m.
District 6A-11: Island Coast and Ida Baker did not fare as well in their district semifinal matchups Tuesday night.
No. 2 seed Island Coast dropped a 4-1 decision to three-seed Port Charlotte 4-1 and top seed Venice eliminated Baker 10-0 in six innings.
Matt Lapoint pitched a complete-game three-hitter for Port Charlotte, allowing an RBI single to Anthony Churlin in the third inning to account for the Gators' only run. Quinn Bourque was the losing pitcher, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Port Charlotte scored runs on a sacrifice fly, an error and a balk in the fourth inning while adding a final run in the sixth.
The Gators finish the season 15-9 while Port Charlotte advances to the championship game Thursday night at Venice.
The Vikings, meanwhile, piled on five runs in the first inning to set the Bulldogs on their heels. Two runs in the second effectively put the game out of reach with the Vikings adding single runs in the third and sixth innings.
Chris Schrowe took the loss for the Gators, allowing eight runs, only two earned, on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Bulldogs finish 8-16 on the season.
Mariner High junior Rodney Hunter was named to the third-team squad of the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops Class 5A All-State basketball team this week.
Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, a review of media all-area team selections around the state and recognition from FABC.