By Pete Sisk, Sun Correpsondent
Ellis hit a two-run double in the fifth inning and added a two-run homer in the seventh.
“Toward the end of the game I don’t know if Seaaira (Yiengst) got tired or she just started missing her spots,” Port Charlotte coach Ryann Baker said. “But she pitched a heck of a game up until the seventh inning.
“I told the girls that from Tuesday (a 10-0 loss at North) to today, we improved so much these couple of days. I was proud of the way they played. The seventh inning just kind of got away from us.”
About the best news for Port Charlotte was that the Pirates won’t face North (19-3 overall) again in the regular season.
Instead, the next two district games are against second-place Mariner (8-2 in district entering Friday).
“They’re a great team and they have big hitters,” Baker said of North. “Hats off to them for putting so many runs on the board.”
N. FORT MYERS 7, PORT CHARLOTTE 0
North Fort Myers 000 020 5 — 7 7 0
Port Charlotte 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
WP: Mackenzie Peterson; LP: Seaaira Yiengst. Leading hitters: (N) Natavia Ellis 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI; (PC) Brittany Ferrentino 1-3; Olivia Hernandez 1-3. Records: North Fort Myers 19-3, 12-0; Port Charlotte 6-12, 6-4.
PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte’s baseball team let an opportunity to enhance its standing in the District 6A-11 standings get away on Friday night.
North Fort Myers, last in the district entering the game, rolled to an 11-5 win that left the Pirates stuck in the middle of the pack.
“We gave them four outs an inning, sometimes five outs an inning,” Port Charlotte coach Rod Taylor said. “They took advantage. I’m not going to take anything away from North Fort Myers. They hit the ball very well tonight. They played better than a 4-11 team, I’ll tell you that.”
The Red Knights (4-11, 3-7) were up 4-0 before Port Charlotte got to bat. The Pirates closed to 4-3, thanks in large part to Spencer Burkhart’s two-run double. North, however, added two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, and four in the seventh to put the game away.
There were officially two Port Charlotte errors, but wild pitches, walks, hit batsmen, and generally sloppy play doomed the Pirates.
“We came out soft,” Taylor said. “We came out hoping for a win against a team that had a worse record than ours. We took them lightly, and like I said we gave them four or five outs an inning. Against a good-hitting team that was hitting the ball tonight, you can’t do that.”
Port Charlotte (8-6, 4-4) slipped into fourth place in 6A-11. Next up for the Pirates is a road game at fifth-place Mariner (3-5) on Tuesday.
N. FORT MYERS 11, PORT CHARLOTTE 5
North Fort Myers 400 201 4 — 11 12 0
Port Charlotte 030 000 2 — 5 7 2
WP: Justin Bethke; LP: Devin Rack. Leading hitters: (N) Payton Bourque 2-5, 4 runs; Nick Roch 2-5, 2 RBI; (PC) Spencer Burkhart 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Records: North Fort Myers 4-11, 3-7; Port Charlotte 8-6, 4-4.
Lemon Bay defeated Lake Placid 2-0 on the road Friday night to improve to 4-0 in District 5A-12. Trey Fields pitched a complete game, giving up five hits with seven strikeouts.