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North rolls over Port Charlotte 11-1

April 12, 2019
By PETE SISK - Prep Report ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The North Fort Myers Red Knights wouldn't let a damp softball field get in their way.

Playing much of the game through a light rain, North (10-7, 7-1 District 6A-11) took care of business Tuesday with an 11-1 victory against Port Charlotte (9-7, 6-4) at Bobbie Dewey Field.

"The kids played well," North Fort Myers coach Jeffrey Miner said. "They hit the ball well. We pitched the ball well."

Port Charlotte scored the first run in the top of the first, but the Red Knights did all the scoring after that.

North starting pitcher Emma Johnson took hard-throwing Pirates pitcher Seaaira Yeingst opposite field for a three-run, inside the park homer, then an opposite-field triple. Johnson went 2-for-3, scored three times and finished with four RBI.

Neither side had much luck pulling the ball against either pitcher, but the Red Knights still managed to pile up 14 hits, either beating them out in the infield or by going the opposite way.

North's first three batters scored in the bottom of the first, having loaded the bases on two walks and a bunt hit. Sarah Giompalo, Alexis Morris and Kirsten Gnagey each drove in a run for a 3-1 Red Knights lead. Morris (2-for-4, four RBI) doubled in a run in the third.

Johnson's inside-the-park homer nearly didn't happen. The Pirates pulled a double play before Taylor Rosciti barely beat out an infield hit to keep the inning alive. Johnson then stepped up and drove the ball into the left-center field gap all the way to the fence as she rounded the bases.

"One of my coaches pointed out there were a lot of two-out hits tonight," Miner said.

Rosciti, Morris and Giampalo each scored twice.

The Pirates, trailing 8-1, had a golden opportunity to climb back into the game in the top of the fifth. Port Charlotte loaded the bases with no outs, but had a runner thrown out at home before Johnson got a pop-up and a strikeout to end the threat.

"We had the one inning we got in trouble with an error and some soft defense," Miner said. "They shot themselves in the foot by not scoring."

Morris, Gnagey and Alyssa Morris drove in the final three runs as the game ended with one out in the bottom of the sixth (10-run mercy rule).

Tuesday's win helped take away the sting of being clobbered by Fort Myers last Friday. The Green Wave, having been upset at home by Venice, took their frustrations out on North.

"We got a butt-whipping," Miner said. "But we came back and played a team that we could compete with. We needed a win after last week."

The Red Knights also dropped an 8-6 decision to Sarasota last week, a game Miner said North should have won.

North Fort Myers travels to Gulf Coast on Wednesday, then up to Port Charlotte for a rematch on Friday.

"Their team is not a bad team," Miner said. "We've got to go their place Friday. They'll be a lot tougher up there."



Gulf Coast 3, Mariner 0: Sharks pitching did in the Tritons, striking out 14 while allowing seven hits and one walk. Jaylen Youngs, Alex Freeland and Barron Northorp had two hits each for Mariner. Louis Alberro took the loss for the Tritons, although two of the three runs he surrendered in four innings were unearned.


Bishop Verot 16, LaBelle 5 (5 innings): LaBelle led 5-3 in the top of the third, but the Vikings dominated the rest of the way for the victory. Trinity Vallee was the winning pitcher for Bishop Verot (8-9). Jade Soto scored three times for Verot. McKenzie Woods hit a three-run homer for the Vikings. Bishop Verot is home against Mariner on Thursday.



Cypress Lake 7, Cape Coral 4: The Panthers (8-8-1, 5-4) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to defeat the Seahawks (8-7, 1-3) in District 6A-11. Tara Striggow had half of Cape's four hits, with a double and two RBI. Avery Mytnik also had an RBI for the Seahawks. Mytnik was the hard-luck losing pitcher, with six of the seven Cypress runs being unearned. She struck out 10.

Ida Baker 20, Island Coast 16: Ida Baker (2-13, 1-3 District 6A-11) came out on top in a slugfest thanks to a 10-run sixth inning. Natalie Sibert was 4-for-5 with a double and a triple for the Gators (0-17, 0-9), scoring four runs and driving in a run.


Island Coast 11, Ida Baker 4: The Gators (10-4, 4-2 District 6A-11) stayed a step ahead of the Bulldogs (8-5, 3-3) in the district standings. The two teams will go at it again Friday at Island Coast.

Port Charlotte 9, North Fort Myers 7: The Red Knights (3-11, 0-7) battled back after an early 7-1 deficit, but came up short as Port Charlotte (12-5, 8-2 won its sixth game in a row. North plays at Naples on Wednesday.

Mariner 3, IMG Academy Silver 2 (11 innings): The Tritons (16-1) worked overtime to defeat the Ascenders in The Battle of The Border. Jaylen Youngs' sacrifice fly in the 11th was the game-winner. Louis Alberro had an RBI in the first inning. Matthew Morales was the winning pitcher with three hitless innings of relief. Gavin Walker and Jimmy Meredith each had two of the Tritons' eight hits. Mariner is at Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Riverdale 2, Bishop Verot 0: In a game of The Battle of the Border tournament, the Vikings (8-8) were blanked on two hits by the Raiders (10-6). Andrew Viceli took the loss on the mound, despite the fact that both runs scored against him were unearned. Viceli struck out nine in six innings of work.

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 21, Oasis 0: Cardinal Mooney remained perfect in District 4A-5 (7-0, 13-6 overall) while dropping Oasis to 5-5, 1-4 in the district. The Sharks travel to Sarasota to face Cardinal Mooney on Thursday.

Boys Tennis

Bishop Verot 7, Mariner 0: Singles -- Christian Kearns (BV) d. Ted Perchall, 6-0, 6-0. Matt Drayer (BV) d. Ralp Arvey Leyesa, 6-1, 6-3. Freddie Schaerf (BV) d. Nathan Laws, 6-1, 6-0. Sam Bejarano (BV) d. Jay Rusch, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (10-8). Mariner forfeited number 5 singles. Doubles -- Kearns/Drayer (BV) d. Perchall/Leyesa, 8-1. Mariner forfeited second doubles due to weather.



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