BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Port Charlotte wins, North Port can’t escape early hole

By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
FORT MYERS – North Port once again found itself in an early hole it couldn’t get out of Tuesday night.
The Bobcats fell behind early and found another bid for a comeback fall short as Fort Myers held on for a 4-2 victory in a District 7A-11 battle.
Fort Myers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but the Bobcats got a gutty performance from starting pitcher Charlie Davidson, who kept them in the game.
North Port chipped away with a run in the third, another in the sixth on a Logan Polston RBI single and had the potential tying run on third before a double play killed the rally. Fort Myers added an insurance run in the sixth to seal the win.
“We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t get that hit or execute a play. We need to figure out how to be more productive,” North Port coach Dan Pavlue said. “Charlie battled the flu but he still wanted the ball and pitched his tail off. He and our defense put us in a position to win.”
Cam Wademan and Grant Boland had two hits for the victors.
FORT MYERS 4, NORTH PORT 2
North Port 001 001 0 – 2 6 1
Fort Myers 210 001 x – 4 6 2
WP: Jason Schunbacher LP: Charlie Davidson. Leading hitters: (FM) Grant Boland 2-3, 2 2B; (NP) Logan Polston 2-3, RBI. Records:  Fort Myers (6-8, 1-2), North Port (8-7, 0-3).

By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent
NORTH FORT MYERS – The Port Charlotte Pirates are working their way into contention in the District 6A-11 baseball race.
The Pirates overcame a three-run deficit Tuesday night to beat North Fort Myers 8-6 on the road.
Port Charlotte faces the Red Knights again Friday and has two games against Mariner (3-5 in district next week) before facing first-place Ida Baker during the last week of the regular season.
“Hopefully we get another one Friday night and that’ll put us in a good spot in the district,” Port Charlotte coach Rodney Taylor said. “And then we’ll have Mariner the following week.
“It’s up to (the players) right now. The district is wide open. It’s how we finish.”
The Pirates scored in every ininng except the first and seventh. Matt Intihar went 3 for 4 – coming up a homer short of a cycle – and Jason James was 4 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Matt LePoint shook off a four-run second inning to go five innings and get the win for the Pirates.
“We had that second inning when we struggled, couldn’t get an out,” Taylor said. “We threw the ball around a little bit and they hit the ball well that second inning.
“Matt got back on track and got to his pitch count, and Dom (Delgaudio) came in and did a good job for us.”
Delgaudio worked the last two innings for the save, ending the game by snagging a comebacker and throwing to first to double off a North Fort Myers runner.
It was a night of ups and downs for the Pirates, who committed three errors and ran themselves out of two more runs. But three double plays and timely hits were enough to make up for the rough spots.
“We got the timely hits. We had a couple of base-running blunders that took away a big inning, but all in all we got the timely hits we needed.”
PORT CHARLOTTE 8, NORTH FORT MYERS 6
Port Charlotte 012 212 0 – 8 16 3
North Fort Myers 040 011 0 – 6 10 0
WP: Matt LePoint. LP: Josue Morales. S: Dominic Delgaudio. Leading hitters: (PC) Jason James 4-4, 2 R, RBI; (NFM) Jonah Borque 2-4, R. Records: Port Charlotte (9-7, 5-3); North Fort Myers (3-12, 2-8).

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