By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
FORT MYERS – A battle between two of the better softball teams in the area failed to live up to expectations Tuesday night.
Fort Myers took North Port to school, bashing out 12 hits and cruising to a 10-0 victory in a game that was stopped in the fifth inning by the mercy rule.
The Green Wave scored runs in every inning but the first, taking advantage of two errors in the second to get on the board and clubbing Bobcat starting pitcher Liberty Pence. Of Fort Myers’ 12 hits, five were for extra bases.
Maria Angelina had two triples, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk-off steal of home for Fort Myers. Riley Ludlam had two doubles and two RBI.
Fort Myers starter Hannah Perkins pitched the minimum amount of batters, allowing two hits, both by Taylor Koohns. Both times Koohns was erased by a double play.
“We didn’t compete offensively. Their pitcher came out focused and got the job done,” North Port coach Dennis Bell said. “We had to play perfect against this team and we didn’t. We gave them extra outs in a couple innings and they capitalized.”
FORT MYERS 10, NORTH PORT 0
North Port 000 00 – 0 2 2
Fort Myers 023 14 – 10 12 0
WP: Hannah Perkins. LP: Liberty Pence. Leading hitters: (FM) Maria Angelina 2-2, 2 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Riley Ludlam 2-3, 2 2B, 2 E, 2 RBI. Records: Fort Myers (18-1, 3-0), North Port (10-5, 1-2).
By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent
NORTH FORT MYERS – The Red Knights, ranked fifth in the state in Class 6A, blew open a tight game open with a seven-run fourth inning to roll to a 10-0 win over Port Charlotte.
North Fort Myers added five walks and four stolen bases to its six hits to pile up those 10 runs.
“We can’t get behind in the count and have to pitch a longball in there against a team like that, because they’re going to hit it,” Port Charlotte coach Ryann Baker said. “They’re a tough team and we knew that coming in.
“I don’t feel like we’re out of the running,” Baker said. “We had a bad inning. We were holding them until that inning.”
The Pirates struggled against North Fort Myers pitcher Mackenzie Peterson, who allowed Ali Eugenius’ first-pitch double and nothing else. Peterson struck out eight in five innings.
Port Charlotte will take another crack against the Red Knights on Friday at home.
NORTH FORT MYERS 10, PORT CHARLOTTE 0
Port Charlotte 000 00x x – 0 1 0
North Fort Myers 012 7xx x – 10 6 0
WP: Mackenzie Peterson. LP: Seaaira Yiengst. Leading hitters: (PC) Ali Eugenis (PC) 1-2, 2B; Emma Johnson (NFM) 2-2, HR, 2 R. Records: North Fort Myers (18-3, 11-0), Port Charlotte (6-12, 6-4).