BASEBALL: Charlotte easily beats Port Charlotte

By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent

PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte’s baseball team jumped out on its county rivals at the outset

Wednesday, rolling to a 9-0 victory over Port Charlotte at the Pirates’ Cove.

Charlotte (5-0) scored six times in the first two innings on the way to dropping the Pirates to 2-4.

“We know we have good pitching,” Tarpons coach Lavel Cudjo said. “If we can get hits early on, we know we have the pitching that will keep us in ballgames.”

About the only problem the Tarpons have encountered so far is this still-new season is the schedule.

Charlotte was supposed to have a home game Friday night against Naples Seacrest Country Day. However, it turns out that Seacrest double-booked itself, scheduling two different opponents on the same evening. The Stingrays opted for a road game at Fort Lauderdale University instead of making the trip to Punta Gorda.

Robert Odinger had three hits, scored twice and stole a base for the Tarpons, while Shane Lemaster was 3-for-4 with a steal and a run scored.

But it was Charlotte’s Kyle Machado who had the most interesting night at the plate. Machado doubled and drove in two runs his first time up, later coming in score the fourth run of the first inning. After that, Machado was hit by a pitch on three successive trips to the plate.

Kevin Conway, the first of four Charlotte pitchers, went three innings to pick up the win.

“It’s a crosstown rivalry,” Cudjo said. “The kids know each other. We know the coaches. Usually you can throw the records out the window. These kids come to play. You know what? We were on the top end of this one, and when we play them again, I’m sure they’ll be ready.”

The Pirates, coming off a 6-2 loss to Cypress Lake on Tuesday in their District 6A-11 opener, will be at home against that same Cypress Lake team on Friday.

Charlotte 420 111 0 — 9 15 3
Port Charlotte 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
WP: Kevin Conway. LP: Devin Rack. Top hitters: (C) Shane Lemaster 3-4, run, SB; Robert Odinger 3-4, 2 runs, SB; (PC) Matt Intiher 2-3. Records: Charlotte 5-0, Port Charlotte 2-4.

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