SOFTBALL: North Port struggles night after long game

By Gary Brown, Sun Correspondent

NORTH PORT — North Port’s softball players must have felt like they were playing on tired legs Wednesday night. Tuesday, they had to go to 13 innings for a 4-3 district win at Venice.

Less than 24 hours later, they ended up losing to visiting Sarasota 12-2 in a five-inning non-district contest.

“We were a little tired tonight (because of Tuesday’s long game),” North Port coach Dennis Bell said. “But that’s no excuse. We just came out a little flat tonight.”

The Sailors scored five runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Sarah Mizen-Halperin clubbed a three-run triple for the big blow in the inning.

Sarasota added four more runs in the third inning and three in the fourth inning for their total. North Port (8-3) scored its two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Taylor Koohns belted a two-run single with two outs for the Bobcats’ scores. Kamryn Nazzario and Kyle Murray both singled and Ashley Nelson walked. Koohns’ single drove in Nazzario and Murray.

Liberty Pence was the starting pitcher for the Bobcats and went the distance. The freshman got the side out in the first inning, but had trouble in the second and third innings. She did not allow a run in the fifth inning.

Taylor Sawyer was the winning pitcher for the Sailors (7-2).

Koohns had a good night for the Bobcats. Besides her two-run single in the fifth inning, she had a double in the fourth inning. North Port finished with four hits and the Sailors had nine.

“Taylor did pretty well for us,” Bell said. “She’s a senior and she’s been pretty consistent for us all season.”

The Bobcats resume District 7A-11 action at 7 p.m. Friday at Charlotte.

Sarasota 054 30 — 12 0 9
North Port 000 02 — 2 4 2
WP: Taylor Sawyer. LP: Liberty Pence. Leading hitters: (S) Sarah Mizen-Halperin 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Lexi Johns 2-4, RBI, 2B, 3B; (NP) Taylor Koohns 2-3, 2 RBI, 2B. Records: Sarasota 7-2, North Port 8-3.

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