SOFTBALL: North Port bats stay alive in win over Booker


NORTH PORT — North Port’s softball team has found a way lately to get its games over quickly.

The Bobcats, 7-1, won their second straight with the 10-run rule Wednesday night, blanking visiting Southeast 10-0 in five innings. Monday night, North Port rolled over Booker 12-2 in five innings.

“We’re playing pretty well lately,” North Port coach Dennis Bell said. “Our pitching has been consistent and our defense and infield have done really well.”

The Bobcats scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the victory. Freshman Ashley Nelson delivered the winning blow, belting a single to center field to bring in Kamryn Nazario with the final run. Earlier, Cortney Senna and Breanna Mitchell had scored runs.

Nelson had an outstanding game. She clubbed  three hits, a double among them, scored three runs and knocked in two.
“She did real well today,” Bell said. “She’s been one of our better hitters. Our hitting has been spread out well between the players.”
Senna also smashed three hits for the winners.

The Bobcats scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, one in the second on three straight singles, two in the third and three in the fourth before clinching the victory in the fifth inning.

Freshman Nadia Playter was the winning pitcher, going the distance. She allowed just two hits, striking out five and walking just one and helped herself with two hits. The Bobcats finished with 13 hits and did not commit an error.

Southeast pitcher Jurnee Bennett also went the distance.

The Bobcats play at Venice in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday in their first District 7A-11 contest of the season.

Southeast 000 00 — 0 2 1
North Port 112 33 — 10 13 0
WP: Nadia Playter; LP: Jurnee Bennett. Leading hitters: (NP) Ashley Nelson 3-4, 2B, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Cortney Senna 3-4, 2 runs; Playter 2-3. run; Kamryn Nazario 2-3, run; Breanna Mitchell 2-3, run, RBI. Records: North Port 7-1. Southeast 3-3.

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