HS Roundup: This week's baseball, softball, and lacrosse results – News-Press

Gulf Coast 4, Canterbury 3: After Gulf Coast coach Pete Garcia was honored with a plaque commemorating his 300th career win before the game, Shark players were adamant and vocal about wanting to get win No. 301 for their coach against Canterbury, led by a longtime coach of their own in Frank Turco.
They did that Tuesday night.
The Sharks (10-5) grabbed their second walk-off win in the past week, defeating the Cougars 4-3 thanks to a successful suicide squeeze attempt from pinch-hitter Robert Hyatt.
“When you play a Frank Turco team, you expect it to be a good game,” Garcia said. “We knew it was going to be close regardless of them losing their last two. He’s a great coach. Telling the kids, telling Evan (Garcia), keep us in the game, keep us in the game. That was the big thing. If we stayed within one, we were going to be OK and make things happen.”
And that the Sharks did. It started in the bottom of the first, when Vincent Mattei led off with a single before Michael Peterson drove him in with a bloop RBI single. Canterbury drew first blood in the top half, when Brayden Habuda notched an RBI single after Miami commit Evan Taveras led off the game with a hard hit up the middle.
After a wild pitch from Canterbury freshman Ashby Piatt (0-0, 3.50 ERA) gave Gulf Coast a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, Taveras took matters into his own hands, sending a shot into deep left for a go-ahead two-run home run which gave Canterbury a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
Piatt showed potential for Canterbury moving forward as a freshman, going four innings. He allowed one hit, two earned runs, and five walks while striking out four in his varsity debut.
“We threw a lot of guys when we went to the other coast last week, and we didn’t really have a lot of options left,” Turco said. “I wanted to give Ashby a chance. He’s crafty, he knows how to pitch. He’s got a good changeup and good pitch ability. He did well for us, but couldn’t get comfortable on the mound. He still competed.”
Garcia (2-3, 3.54 ERA) generated a lot of whiffs for the Sharks, going 5 2/3 innings while scattering seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out a career-high 11 on the night. Colton Schlief (2-0, 5.11 ERA) earned the win in relief, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing no baserunners while striking out one.
“He’s sporadic, still working on some things,” Garcia said of Evan. “It’s his first year playing and pitching at the varsity level, it’s probably a big step for him. Pitching-wise, I thought he did OK. He kept us in the game. The changeup, breaking ball, it was good.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Peyton Hale managed to grab a two-out single off of Roan Hoefling, before Hoefling balked which sent Hale to second. With the top of the lineup hungry, Mattei made a big hustle play, forcing an slightly errant throw from Habuda that forced Anthony Meady off the bag, which ultimately plated Hale to tie the game at 3-all.
“We’re kinda snakebit,” Turco said. “… We’re just not very competitive at the plate. We swung at a lot of balls. We’ll keep trying and keep plugging along. We’re not getting the breaks we need, and we’re not creating the breaks that we need.”
After Jackson Geiger led off the bottom of the seventh with a hit by pitch, Taveras appeared to have thrown out the USF commit trying to steal second by a hair, but was called safe. After Peterson grounded out and Cooper Holman was intentionally walked, Garcia went to Hyatt off the bench for a pinch-hit opportunity, delivering a perfect suicide squeeze to give the Sharks momentum headed into a pivotal CCAC title game rematch against Naples (13-3).
“He told me when I went over there if it’s not there first pitch, take it,” Hyatt said. “The second pitch was the squeeze. I had to get it down because Jackson was coming home. I had to get it down.”
Canterbury (9-6) will look to rebound and snap a three-game skid on Thursday against West Broward, a team currently ranked fifth in the state by the FHSAA. The Cougars have gone on a three-game losing streak twice in Turco’s 10 years leading the program, and a four-game skid just once.
“I’m reaching, throwing darts at the board,” Turco said. “Just trying to figure some things out. Some guys are needed for defense, some guys are needed for offense. I’m putting guys out there for the offense and it’s not helping the defense. Whatever way I’m picking is not really working.
“The kids are working hard though. They’re trying. When you get in that box, it’s you and the pitcher. You have to have some want to. Striking out 12 times, that’s not us. We swung at 11 balls in the last three innings.”
— Alex Martin
SFCA 3, South Fort Myers 1: Cole Ingole pitched a complete game for SFCA, and gave up just two hits and one run while tallying 15 strikeouts.
Riverdale 2, Mariner 1: Xavier Muentes hit a walk-off single that brought PJ Marino home for the Raiders. Jacob Gorra got the win on the mound, giving up just two hits and no runs through the final two innings. Sam Guth led Riverdale at the plate, and finished 2-for-3 with two doubles. Marino went 2-for-4 with a double, while Kelan Jamison finished 2-for-3.
Bonita Springs 9, Island Coast 8
Loyola Academy (Ill.) 8, Naples 6
Estero 4, Gateway Charter 1
Oasis 5, Evangelical Christian 4
Community School 6, North Fort Myers 4
Barron Collier 4, North Port 3
Lehigh 9, Ida Baker 8
Fort Myers 13, East Lee County 0
Cape Coral 15, Gateway 5
Immokalee 21, Mason Classical 3
Northridge 8, Golden Gate 2
Gulf Coast 10, Palmetto Ridge 9 (eight innings): Gulf Coast saw Sophia Pasquarello, Hannah Rearden, and Jazmin Colosimo combine for six hits with 5 RBI, to help pitcher Taylor Stalling cap off a complete game. Melissa Hyatt delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Sammy Fulcher.
Fort Myers 8, Barron Collier 5: The Green Wave erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to improve to 9-0 on the year. Kat Coakley went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Tori Fulcher drove in two runs. Alexa Bent got the win in the circle.
Evangelical Christian 16, Port Charlotte 1
LaBelle 10, Sebring 2
Bishop Verot 7, Charlotte 1
Riverdale 10, Mariner 1
Naples 16, Bonita Springs 6
Immokalee 20, Clewiston 2
North Fort Myers 17, Cypress Lake 2
Oasis 20, East Lee County 1
Cape Coral 9, Gateway 6
Naples 13, Marco Island 3
Estero 17, Aubrey Rogers 13
Naples 15, Bishop Verot 4: Piper Kelleher had two goals and four ground balls for the Vikings, while Lily Lockard had one goal, two assists, three draw controls, and two ground balls in the loss. Sophia Piña and Kendall Sullivan forced two turnovers each for Bishop Verot.
American Heritage 10, Barron Collier 9
Estero 9, Aubrey Rogers 7
Gateway 16, Immokalee 0
Golden Gate 16, Dunbar 0 (four innings)
LaBelle 3, Avon Park 2
Palmetto Ridge 5, Aubrey Rogers 4
Lely 14, Naples Classical 2 (five innings)
Bishop Verot 9, Cardinal Mooney 4
Golden Gate 23, Dunbar 6 (three innings)
Community School 14, Barron Collier 3
Aubrey Rogers 15, Palmetto Ridge 1
Gulf Coast 15, Bishop Verot 4: Daphne O’Hara scored two goals for the Vikings, Lily Lockard finished with one goal and two assists, while Clare Murnane added one goal and one assist in the loss. Bishop Verot’s Bridget Horlbeck tallied a career-high eight saves.
Sarasota Riverview 18, Naples 9
Plant 15, Community School 6

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