NORTH PORT — North Port’s girls softball team seemed to have everything under control for most of Thursday night’s non-district game with Riverview.
“Most” would be the operative word.
Things fell apart for the Bobcats in the seventh inning when the visitors scored three runs to tie the game and force extra innings where the Rams went on to claim a 7-5 victory in 10 innings.
A single to center field by Riverview’s Alyssa Chaquette brought in two runs in the 10th inning for the game-winnings. North Port’s Brianna Mitchell doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning, but the Rams got the next two batters to ground out and end the contest. Taylor Currie pitched the entire game to earn the win for Riverview.
The Rams jumped on top in the eighth with a run only to have Mitchell deliver a home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the frame to extend things.
Riverview (4-4) scored one run in the top of the first inning. The Bobcats (7-2), however, came back with three runs in their half.
Ashley Nelson had a run-scoring double and Cortney Senna a two-run double to provide the Bobcats with their runs in the first.
North Port added a fourth run in the third inning when Nadia Playter doubled and then scored on Taylor Koohns’ single, The score remained at 4-1 until the top of the seventh inning when the Rams rallied to tie the score.
The Bobcats were hurt by errors in the late innings. They finished with three.
Nelson pitched the first 6.1 innings for the Bobcats before Liberty Pence relieved her. Nelson came back in the ninth inning and suffered the loss.
“Ashley and Liberty are freshmen and both have pitched well for us this season,” Bobcats coach Dennis Bell said. “But our defense got a little shaky in the late innings and that happens. We played well most of the game.”
The Bobcats finished with 10 hits and the Rams had 11.
North Port opens District 7A-11 action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Venice.
“They’re a good team,” said Bell said of the Indians. “But so are we. It should be a well-balanced district.”
RIVERVIEW 7, NORTH PORT 5
Riverview 100 000 310 2 — 7 11 1
North Port 301 000 010 0 — 5 10 3
WP: Taylor Currie. LP: Ashley Nelson. Leading hitters: (R) Devyn Flaherty 2-4, 2B, RBI, run; Alyssa Chaquette 1-2, 2 RBI; Brianna Mitchell (NP) 2-4, HR, 2B, RBI; Cortney Senna 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI. Records: Riverview 4-4, North Port 7-2.