PREP ROUNDUP: Charlotte, Port Charlotte softball each lose; Lemon Bay girls tennis wins

SOFTBALL

By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent

PORT CHARLOTTE — Cape Coral took advantage of a spring break hangover on Port Charlotte’s part Tuesday night, scoring five runs on five hits with the help of five Pirates errors.

As a result, the Seahawks picked up their first District 6A-11 victory this season.

The Pirates are third in the district at 5-3.

“Too many errors in the first inning,” Port Charlotte coach Ryann Baker said. “We can’t play ball like that. We were sloppy and we looked like we were still on spring break.”

Baker had a warning for her players entering tonight’s game with North Port.

“If we do that (tonight) we’ll be toast,” Baker said. “We can’t play like that. We just can’t.

“If we don’t see a change, we’re definitely going to see some new faces.”

The Pirates and Seahawks meet again Friday in Cape Coral.

CAPE CORAL 5, PORT CHAR. 1
Cape Coral 300 101 0 — 5 5 1
Port Charlotte 000 010 0 — 1 6 5
WP: Alyssa Mellaci. LP: Seaaira Yiengst. Leading hitters: (CC) Dru Ricci 2-4 2 runs; (PC) Brittany Ferrentino 1-3, SB. Records: Cape Coral (3-10, 1-6), Port Charlotte (5-9, 5-3).

By Steve Knapp, Sun Correspondent

PUNTA GORDA — Dekoda Johnson and Malyssa Jeter hit home runs, and the top five hitters in DeSoto County’s order collected nine hits and scored all the Bulldogs runs in a 7-2 victory Tuesday night against Charlotte.

Johnson had a solo homer in the fourth and Jeter delivered insurance with a two-run shot in the seventh.

Hannah England was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst as she limited the Tarpons to just four hits. The top five hitters in the Charlotte lineup went just 1-for-13.

Tiffany Dodson had no problem with the hard-throwing right-hander as she collected two of the 4 hits, drove in a run and scored one.
Charlotte starter Julie Dedrick suffered the loss in going the distance. She allowed 11 hits with with seven strikeouts and no walks.

DESOTO COUNTY 7, CHARLOTTE 2
DeSoto County 202 100 2 — 7 11 1
Charlotte 020 0 0 0 — 2 4 1
WP: Hannah England; LP: Julie Dedrick. Leading hitters: (C)  Tiffany Dodson 2-2, RBI, run. (D) England 3-4 2 RBI; Malyssa Jeter 2-4 2 RBI, 2 runs; Dekoda Johnson 2-4, RBI, 2 runs; Desare Omar 2-3, RBI; Chelsea Whitmore 2-4, run.

TENNIS

Lemon Bay’s girls tennis team ran its record to 8-2 Tuesday with a 5-2 victory at home against Cape Coral (7-2-1). The Manta Rays, who play again at 3 p.m. Thursday at Charlotte, clinched the victory by claiming the first four singles matches.

LEMON BAY 5, CAPE CORAL 2
Singles: Sarah Lown (LB) d. Bailey Klein 6-3, 7-5; Ashley Tormey (LB) d. Laura Moreno 6-2, 6-7 (5), (11-9); Stephanie Krisinski (LB) d. Jessica Patton 6-3, 6-0; Chloe DiDonato (LB) d. Ana Dieng 6-3, 6-4; Yevheniya Krasynska (CC) d. Linda Conklin 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles: Lown/Krisinski d. Moreno/Dieng 8-1; Patton/Krasynska d. Tormey/DiDonato 9-8 (3). Records: (LB) 8-2, CC 7-2-1. Next: Lemon Bay at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Thursday.

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