SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rough week for area teams

By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
Last week was a rough one for the area’s softball teams, unless you’re named Lemon Bay.
The Manta Rays made their way towards the .500 mark with a perfect 3-0 record last week, with two of those wins coming in district play. Riverview and Lake Placid both felt the wrath of Lemon Bay’s hot bats as the Manta Rays outscored the two district opponents by a combined score of 39-5, pushing their conference record to 3-1 heading into tonight’s showdown against first-place DeSoto County.
Charlotte started off last week with a thrilling 1-0 district win over Venice in 11 innings, but looked like a totally different team three nights later against Fort Myers. The Green Wave, which was ranked eighth in the state by Miracle Sports, defeated the Tarpons for the eighth straight time with a walloping 13-2 victory in Punta Gorda to take full control of District 7A-11. While Fort Myers now sits 4-0 in district play, Charlotte is 2-2 with both losses coming at the hands of the leaders.
North Port has a crucial district game tonight against Charlotte, especially after its poor play last week. Fort Myers and Venice both downed the Bobcats by a combined tally of 20-2, dropping their district record to 1-3. A win over Charlotte tonight could potentially create a three-way tie for the No. 2 seed in the district with Venice by week’s end, though Venice would need to knock off Fort Myers on the road to make it happen.
And then there’s Port Charlotte, which lost both its games last week to district leader North Fort Myers. That now puts the Pirates at 6-4 in the District 6A-11 standings, good enough for third place with two district games to go, both this week against second- place Mariner.

TEAMS

Charlotte
Season record: 11-5 (2-2 in District 7A-11)
North Port
Season record: 10-7 (1-3 in District 7A-11)
Port Charlotte
Season record: 6-10 (6-4 in District 6A-11)
Lemon Bay
Season record: 7-9 (3-1 in District 5A-12)

STATISTICS (THRU APRIL 3)

Hitting (minimum 15 at-bats)
Player School H AB AVG
Brittany Ferrentino Port Charlotte 22 46 .478
Kylie Murray North Port 28 62 .451
Haley Cabral Charlotte 19 44 .432
Aimee Holt Lemon Bay 19 44 .432
Ashley Nelson North Port 20 48 .416
Abby Hayse Charlotte 22 53 .415
Tiffany Dodson Charlotte 16 43 .372
Bailey Grossenbacher Lemon Bay 16 44 .364
Jaiden Dabney Port Charlotte 17 49 .347
Kasi Shaffer Lemon Bay 17 49 .347
Kaylee Brannon Charlotte 18 52 .346
Alyssa Allred Port Charlotte    9 27 .333
Christain Chandler Lemon Bay 15 46 .326
Alyssa Opsahl Charlotte 14 43 .326
Marissa Stack Charlotte 15 46 .326
Seaaira Yiengst Port Charlotte 10 31 .323
Ali Eugenius Port Charlotte 13 41 .317
Leanna Kelly Lemon Bay 10 32 .313
Taylor Innello Port Charlotte 10 33 .303
Karlie Sweiderk Lemon Bay 12 40 .300
Home runs
3: Brianna Mitchell, North Port; Kasi Shaffer, Lemon Bay
2: Tiffany Dodson, Charlotte
1: Kaylee Brannon, Charlotte; Brooke Kvaternick, Lemon Bay; Alyssa Opsahl, Charlotte; Cortney Senna, North Port; Seaaria Yiengst, Port Charlotte
Runs batted in
20: Brianna Mitchell, North Port
16: Kasi Shaffer, Lemon Bay
15: Tiffany Dodson, Charlotte
13: Taylor Kirkus, Charlotte
12: Brooke Kvaternick, Lemon Bay
11: Ali Eugenius, Port Charlotte; Bailey Grossenbacher, Lemon Bay; Aimee Holt, Lemon Bay; Logan Johnson, Lemon Bay; Seaaira Yiengst, Port Charlotte
10: Jaiden Dabney, Port Charlotte; Taylor Koohns, North Port
9: Skylar Poitras, North Port; Cortney Senna, North Port; Karlie Sweiderk, Lemon Bay
8: Alyssa Allred, Port Charlotte; Destiny Ashcraft, Lemon Bay; Kaylee Brannon, Charlotte; Kylie Murray, North Port; Nadia Playter, North Port; Rayne Wells, Lemon Bay
7: Brittany Ferrentino, Port Charlotte; Abby Hayse, Charlotte; Alyssa Opshal, Charlotte
Pitching (min. 11 innings)
Player School W-L S IP K ERA
Tiffany Dodson Charlotte 4-1 0 47.0 30 1.64
Liberty Pence North Port 5-3 0 41.0 38 2.04
Ashley Nelson North Port 4-3 0 53.0 31 2.24
Julie Dedrick Charlotte 6-3 1 56.2 43 2.47
Bailey Grossenbacher Lemon Bay 2-5 1 45.0 31 3.27
Nadia Playter North Port 1-1 0 16.0 13 3.50
Logan Johnson Lemon Bay 5-4 1 50.0 25 4.76
Seaaira Yiengst Port Charlotte 6-7 0 68.1 67 5.22
Ali Eugenius Port Charlotte 0-1 0 15.1 8 13.00
Alexis Carpenter Port Charlotte 0-2 0 14.0 5 13.50

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