SOFTBALL: North Port gets redemption over DeSoto County

By Steve Knapp, Sun Correspondent

ARCADIA — Just over six weeks ago, Desoto County went to North Port and beat the Bobcats 5-1 to break their four-game winning streak.

Thursday night the Bobcats came here to meet the red hot Bulldogs who were riding a six-game winning streak. This time it was the Bobcats who earned a happy bus ride home with a 6-1 victory.

North Port had a two-out, nobody-on rally in the first. After a pair of Bulldogs errors and a walk loaded the bases, senior Brianna Mitchell cleared the bases with a long double to put the Bobcats on top 3-0.

The Bulldogs countered with a run in their half on singles by Dekoda Johnson, Malyssa Jeter and a run producing base hit by pitcher Hannah England.

The Bobcats put a pair of runs on the board in the second when center fielder Ashley Nelson went deep with her first high school home run scoring Kylie Murray in front of her.

From then on it was nothing but “bagels on the board” as Liberty Pence and England took control of the game. The Bobcats picked up an insurance run in the seventh when Mitchell drove in Courtny Senna with her second hit of the game and fourth RBI.

“It was a little sweeter than a regular win since they beat us at our place and we were able to come back and beat them to end their winning streak,” North Port coach Dennis Bell said. “DeSoto is a good team and is leading their district, but now we’re even. It was a good team effort. The last two weeks the girls have been playing really well.”

NORTH PORT 6, DESOTO COUNTY 1
North Port 320 000 1 — 6 8 1
DeSoto County 100 000 0 — 1 5 3
WP: Liberty Pence; LP: Hannah England, Leading hitters: (NP) Brianna Mitchell 2-4 4 RBI; Ashley Nelson 1-4 2 RBI, R; Courtney Senna 2-4 2R. (DC) Dekoda Johnson 1-2 R.

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