By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent
CAPE CORAL — The Port Charlotte Pirates got the ship righted.
The softball Pirates put a good ending to what had been a rough week, downing Cape Coral 8-2 in a District 6A-11 contest.
Port Charlotte, third in 6A-11 at 6-3 (6-10 overall), got back on the winning track just in time. There’s a home-and-home series with first-place North Fort Myers (17-3, 10-0) coming up next week.
“We limited our errors tonight,” Pirates coach Ryann Baker said. “We were switching our lineup a little, giving more people an opportunity at playing time, and allowing our subs to get in and have a couple of at-bats.”
Cape Coral, which picked up its only district win so far with a 5-1 victory Tuesday at Port Charlotte, fell to 1-7, 3-11.
Mariner, second in the district at 10-7, 8-2, will be playing non-district games until a home-and-home with the Pirates in early April.
Port Charlotte turned two double plays to thwart would-be Cape rallies.
“They were swinging the bats a little better, swinging at better pitches,” Baker said. “They’re still not using everything they have to get a little bit more pop ont the ball. We’re moving in the right direction. It’s taking a little longer than I’d like.
For us, if we’re playing good defense, our offense will follow.”
PORT CHARLOTTE 8, CAPE CORAL 2
Port Charlotte 101 222 0 — 8 8 0
Cape Coral 100 010 0 — 2 6 5
WP: Seaaria Yiengst (PC). LP: Alyssa Mellaci. Leading hitters: Brittany Ferrentino (PC) 2-2, 2 runs, RBI; Chyanne Abrahams (CC) 3-4, RBI. Records: Port Charlotte 6-10, 6-3; Cape Coral 3-11, 1-7.
What looked like a laugher early on wound up going down to the final pitch, with the Pirates holding on to win a three-hour marathon of a game, 9-8.
Matt Intihar, the third Port Charlotte pitcher, closed it out on called strike three with the tying runner on third base.
Inithar, who got the save in relief of Devin Rack and Dominic Delgaudio, also went 3-4 at the plate and scored twice.
Port Charlotte had leads of 6-0 and 9-1 before the Seahawks rallied. Cape scored four times in the sixth and had the go-ahead runners on before Intihar came in to put out the fire.
The Pirates got revenge for a Cape Coral win on Tuesday in Port Charlotte.
Port Charlotte evened its record at 7-7, 3-3.
PORT CHARLOTTE 9, CAPE CORAL 8
Port Charlotte 501 300 0 — 9 15 3
Cape Coral 003 104 0 – 8 8 1
WP: Devin Rack (PC). LP: Andrew Jaffarian (CC). S: Matt Inithar (PC). Leading hitters: Intihar (PC) 3-5, 2 runs, Romaine Reynolds (PC) 2-4, 3 runs; Tre Waltz (CC) 2-5, 2 runs. Records: Port Charlotte (7-7, 3-3) Cape Coral 8-6, 5-3.