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Rivals go head-to-head

March 7, 2014
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Area rival high school baseball and softball teams continue recent head-to-head competitions on the field in the coming days.

Afternoon rainshowers threatened to postpone all games Thursday night and forcing officials to reschedule. Cape Coral topped the list of Thursday games with a visit to Bishop Verot.

Otherwise, Mariner was to play at Lehigh, Ida Baker at East Lee County and North Fort Myers at Venice.

On Friday, the big matchup pits Island Coast against Ida Baker. In other games, Lely was to visit Mariner, Immokalee at Cape Coral and North Fort Myers at Fort Myers.

On the softball diamond, virtually the same pairings were on tap both days with Cape Coral at Bishop Verot and North Fort Myers at Fort Myers on Thursday and Island Coast, which was pounded 16-1 by Cypress Lake Wednesday, is at Ida Baker on Friday.

Any games postponed Thursday could be moved to Friday or beyond.

Wednesday night, timely hitting and solid relief pitching vaulted Island Coast to a 7-3 victory at Cypress Lake.

A quick assault by Cypress in the first inning forced the Gators to go to the bullpen before the first three outs were recorded. Fortunately for the Gators, the Panthers only managed one run in the rally.

Dante Ciminati came through for the Gators with a two-run double and Nikko Rodriguez contributed to the cause with two hits, including a double, driving in two runs.

The Gators, who finished with a total of 10 base hits, erased the Panthers' early lead with a five-run outburst in the third inning and tacked on two more in the sixth.

Cordell Hale pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win on the mound. He allowed just two hits and struck out five.

The Gators (7-1) travel to city rival Ida Baker on Friday.



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