CAPE CORAL — The oh-fer is over for Port Charlotte’s softball team.
The Pirates picked up their first victory of the season Friday night with a 15-11 District 6A-11 win at Ida Baker.
“I told them that once we get the first one, I feel like we’ll be rolling,” Port Charlotte coach Ryann Baker said.
Port Charlotte had lost its first six games, including a 10- defeat Thursday to archrival Charlotte and a 7-3 loss to Ida Baker on Tuesday.
“Last night when we played Charlotte, we did lose 10-0 but we played a tough game the whole game,” Baker said. “The score didn’t justify the way they played. Last night was honestly the best game they’d played all season.”
But with Friday’s win against Ida Baker, Port Charlotte stood at 1-1 in District 6A-11, having split two games with the Bulldogs.
“We don’t want to take anybody lightly, but it’s the district games that really matter,” Baker said.
Seaaira Yiengst had an inside-the-park homer and a double, going 3-for-4 with six runs batted in for Port Charlotte.
The Pirates didn’t make the first win an easy one, even though it looked like it might be for a while.
Port Charlotte jumped out to a 11-1 lead going to the bottom of the fourth, when Ida Baker piled up eight runs. The Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, which included two wallks, two infield hits — one spinning inside the batter’s box — and an error.
“We’re up 11-1, and they’re fighting back,” Baker said. “They’re not going to lay down for anybody. We tried to give them a win, but it somehow it just worked out in our favor tonight.”
Hoewever, the Pirates didn’t wilt. A four-run sixth inning, including Yiengst’s threee-run round-tripper, provided enough cushion to get the job done.
“Because they had been hitting the ball, they knew they could come back and get a few more runs,” Baker said.
Yiengst was far from along in providing offense for Port Charlotte. Brittany Ferrentino was 4-for-5 with a double, scored four times and drove in a run. Jaiden Dabney had three hits in four trips, including two doubles, scored four times, stole a base, and drove in two runs. Alyssa Allred was 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in two.
In all, the Pirates had 19 hits, including seven doubles and Yiengst’s inside-the-park home run.
Down two starters due to injuries, Baker played chess with her lineup throughout the game. Port Charlotte used three different pitchers, and some players got in time at three positions during the game.
“I told them this was definitely going to be a team effort tonight,” Baker said. “We used all three pitchers; and as I’ve said every game, they don’t have set positions. They’re going to move around, and that way I know they’re going to stay in the game. They don’t know where they’re going to go next.”
Sonnia Yiris was 4-for-4 for Ida Baker (2-3, 1-1), including a triple and double, and scored twice. Elaina Im, the Bulldogs’ pitcher, scored three runs.
PORT CHARLOTTE 15, IDA BAKER 11
Port Charlotte 205 404 0 — 15 19 1
Ida Baker 100 802 0 — 11 9 0
WP: Seaaira Yiengst (PC). LP: Elaina Im (IB). Leading hitters: Yiengst (PC) 3-4, HR, 2B, 2R 6 RBI; Brittany Ferrentino (PC) 4-5, 2B, RBI, 4 runs; Sonnia Yiris (IB) 4-4, 3B, 2B, 2 runs. Records: (PC) 1-6, 1-1; (IB) 2-3, 1-1.