An unearned run in the second inning proved to be all the Island Coast Gators needed Thursday night in order to post a 1-0 victory over Fort Myers.
Christian Diaz singled to start the rally, followed by a walk to Zach Lackman. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base to set the stage for the game's only run. A wild pickoff throw trying to catch Lackman straying too far off second base sailed into center field allowing Diaz to trot home with the game-winning run.
Gators pitcher Sam Malone, however, had to seal the deal over the next five innings and answered the call. Malone (3-1) allowed five hits and struck out five in his complete game shutout performance.
The Gators only had four hits on the night and none went for extra bases. Fort Myers tried to get back in the game with a two-out hit in the seventh, but the next batter popped out to end it.
The Gators (13-4) host Baker County at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Cape Coral 14, East Lee County 1: Cape Coral let the offense loose in Thursday's romp at East Lee County.
Dylan Bontrager led way with two hits while Kyle Arjona had a double and two RBI, Robert Becker contributed a double as did Sandro Feliciano. Bailey Wilson drove in four runs on the night.
Jarid Laukaitis (1-0) earned the mound victory working two of the five innings, striking out three. The Seahawks (14-4) play Friday at Cypress Lake.
North Fort Myers 9, Cape Coral 3: Makenzie Buss had a 3-0 lead and was pitching a shutout through five innings Thursday night when everything turned against Cape Coral as North Fort Myers scored nine unanswered runs to stun the Seahawks.
Buss (11-3) hit a solo home run and Ashley Wagner delivered a two-run double as the Seahawks took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. The Red Knights grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fifth and finished off the Seahawks with five more in the sixth.
Marion Reed led the Red Knights' comeback with four hits. Katelyn Kelly had three hits and Sarah Waitekus two hits, including an RBI hit in the fifth. Melinda Therion delivered an RBI double in the sixth.
The eruption earned Mackenzie Peterson (11-1) the complete game victory while surrendering three runs on six hits and five strikeouts.
On Friday, the Red Knights (16-1) play at Gulf Coast and the Seahawks (12-5) play at Cypress Lake.