By Gary Brown, Sun Correspondent
ENGLEWOOD – Charlotte High School’s softball team did the little things right Tuesday night and came out a 13-4 winner over host Lemon Bay in a non-district contest.
Charlotte, now 6-1 on the season, scored five times in the top of the second inning for a 5-0 lead and never trailed in the game. The Tarpons got four hits and a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Lead-off hitter Kaylee Brannon had the first of her three hits in the second inning rally. They added one more run in the third inning on an RBI single by Kerstyn Shaw before the Manta Rays rallied.
Lemon Bay scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Francesca Gallucci belted a two-run double to center field to score Kasi Shaffer and Karlie Sweiderk. The Manta Rays added another when Aimee Holt singled to bring in Gallucci. They scored their fourth run in the fifth inning on two singles and a fielders choice.
But the Tarpons broke the game open with two runs in the sixth and five in the seventh for the final nine-run advantage. Brannon scored twice and Shaw and Haley Cabral both belted two hits for the winners.
Marissa Stack raised her record to 3-0 as she was the winning pitcher. She pitched 3 2/3 innings before being relieved by Julie Dedrick, who went the rest ot the way for Charlotte.
“We were a bit tired from last night (a 10-7 win over Ida Baker),” Charlotte coach Greg Higgins said. “We executed well and did the little things well in winning the game.”
Lemon Bay got three hits from Holt while Gallucci had adouble, two RBI and a walk. Lemon Bay finished with nine hits to 12 for the winners. Bailey Grossenbacher was the starting pitcher for the Manta Rays and pitched six innings. Logan Johnson pitched the final inning.
“Errors hurt us,” Lemon Bay coach Kim Pinkham said. “We had seven of them. That’s been a problem for us and our pitchers have also struggled sometimes. But our hitters have done well and never quit.”
CHARLOTTE 13, LEMON BAY 4
Charlotte 051 002 5 – 13 12 1
Lemon Bay 000 310 0 – 4 9 7
WP: Marissa Stack (3-0). LP: Bailey Grossenbacher. Leading hitters: Kaylee Brannon (CH) 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R;Kerstyn Shaw (CH) 2-4, RBI, 2 R; Aimee Holt (LB) 3-4, RBI; Francesca Gallucci (LB) 1-2, 2 RBI, R, BB. Records: CH 6-1, LB 4-4.