Crosstown rivals Mariner and Cape Coral faced each other for the District 5A-12 baseball championship Thursday night while simultaneously charting their respective courses for the regional playoffs.
It is the third meeting of the season for the two programs with Cape High winning both of the regular season contests. Thursday's winner will host a regional quarterfinal game on Wednesday while the district runner-up must go on the road for at least the first round.
Both teams posted mercy-rule wins Tuesday night in the district semifinal round.
Neither Island Coast nor Ida Baker survived in district tournament play, losing identical 4-1 decisions in District 6A-11 semifinals Tuesday. Port Charlotte and Venice are representing that district for the regional playoffs that begin next Wednesday.
Mariner: Five student athletes at Mariner High signed college letters-of-intent at a ceremony on Thursday.
Steven Teague signed with Adrian College to play football;
Anthony Chambers signed with Ohio Wesleyan University for football;
Jonah Markovits signed with Whittenberg University for football;
Alex Trujillo signed with Belmont Abbey College to play soccer;
And Kaleb Darrett committed to Hillsborough Community College to play basketball.
Cape Coral: Basketball player Julia Ramsey and football athlete Rhasheed Jiles are scheduled to sign national letters-of-intent next week at a signing ceremony at the school.
Ramsey will attend Avila University in Missouri while Jiles is heading to James Madison in Virginia.
Ida Baker: Six student athletes, five of them football players, are signing their college letters Friday at Ida Baker.
Nick Benvie is committed to attent Hiram College on a basketball scholarship.
The football quintet are Lamar Dumas and Johnny Garrow with El Paso Prep, Wyatt Griffith, Alex Febles and Tyler Iverson are headed to Lake Erie College.