BASEBALL: Hot bats propel North Port over Port Charlotte

By Gary Brown, Sun Correspondent
NORTH PORT – It took a while, but the North Port High School baseball team put it together in taking a 6-1 victory over visiting Port Charlotte in a non-district game on Wednesday.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and held that lead up until the bottom of the fourth inning. The Bobcats (7-5) scored three times, all of them coming on a three-run double down the left-field line by Logan Poiston. Dominic LeFever led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single by Patrick Smith and another walk to Tyler O’Boyle. Kody Brittain popped out but then Poiston followed with his big hit.

The Bobcats put the game away with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. An error, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and two singles accounted for the runs.

Meanwhile, Bobcats starting pitcher Charlie Davidson was setting the Pirates down after the first inning. He went the distance, allowing five hits, but only one came after the first inning. He struck out four batters and walked three.

“Charlie had a great game,” North Port coach Dan Pavlue said. “He was pounding the strike zone and had control of his pitches.”

The Pirates got their only run in the first inning when Roman Reynolds belted a single to score Jordan Pelcolle. The Pirates had a chance to score another runner the inning but he was thrown out at the plate.

The Pirates (6-7) used three pitchers in the game. Matt Defoe started and went three plus innings. Damian Ashley went two innings and Jason James finished up. Defoe took the loss. North Port finished with eight hits to five for the Pirates. Poiston and Smith both had two hits to lead the winners’ attack.

“We did well at first,” Port Charlotte coach Rodney Taylor said. “They (North Port) found a way to get their offense going in the fourth and fifth innings. We’ve done well so far this season. It’s a long season and we have a way to go.”

North Port lost pitcher Charlie Topp possibly for the season due to an off-field probable broke collarbone recently.

North Port will play visiting Dublin Coffman from Ohio at 7 p.m. Monday. The Pirates will play at North Fort Myers in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday.

NORTH PORT 6, PORT CHARLOTTE 1
Port Charlotte 100 000 0 – 1 5 3
North Port 000 330 x- 6 8 1
WP: Charlie Davidson. LP: Matt Defoe. Top hitters. (NP) Logan Poliston 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Patrick Smith 2-4, 2 R.

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