BASEBALL: Port Charlotte loses lead late, falls to Cape Coral

By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent

Port Charlotte’s Matt LePoint throws out a pitch Tuesday evening to Cape Coral during the Pirates home game (Sun Photo by Matt LePoint).

PORT CHARLOTTE — Apparently the luck of the Irish can strike four days late.

The Cape Coral Seahawks, wearing St. Patrick’s Day green jerseys that arrived too late for their game last Friday, got the breaks they needed Tuesday night to rally for a 5-3 district win over Port Charlotte at the Pirates Cove.

The Pirates led 3-1 after three innings, but let the game get away in the late going.

“We won the first three innings and then we lost the next four,” Pirates coach Rodney Taylor said. “Give them credit. They kept chipping away. They were swinging the sticks over there.”

Port Charlotte officially committed three errors, made some other costly mistakes, and had a runner called out at home that would’ve tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth.

Everything seemed to go wrong at one time or another for the Pirates. Playing for the first time since Daylight Saving Time began, a ball fell in when the center fielder lost it coming from shade to staring directly into the setting sun. Balls were misplayed in the infield, fielders couldn’t keep a foot on the base long enough to get an out, and first base was left uncovered on one play as everyone tried to converge on the ball.

Andrew Jaffarian had the big play offensively for Cape Coral, driving in two runs in the top of the fifth to give his team the lead.
Matt LePoint was a hard-luck losing pitcher for Port Charlotte, taking the loss despite giving up just five hits and two walks while striking out 11.

“LePoint did a great job,” Taylor said. “He certainly did not deserve to be on the losing end of that. I feel bad for him. We were booting the ball around a little bit.”

The Pirates will try to win Friday’s rematch at Cape Coral.

Cape Coral 100 120 1 — 5 6 0
Port Charlotte 111 000 0 — 3 6 3
WP: Jacob Robertson. LP: Matt LePoint. S: Michael Olsmulski. Leading hitters: (CC) Andrew Jaffarian 2-3, run, 2 RBI; (PC) Matt Intihar 2-3, run, RBI. Records: Cape Coral 8-5, 5-2; Port Charlotte 6-6, 2-3.

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