Mariner’s hope for an upset win in the District 5-13 softball championship slipped away in the rain and mud.
The Lemon Bay Manta Rays won the district title 4-2 on Thursday in a rain-delayed contest at North Fort Myers High School.
Lemon Bay’s winning rally began when strike three against the Manta’s Summer Jones got away, rolling behind the home plate umpire. Jones was safe at first. One out later, Kacyn Shirley reached first on an infield hit before Brooke Clemens doubled, driving in both runners. Clemens wound up at third after the ball got away in the outfield but Mariner got out of the inning with no additional harm done.
“We hurt ourselves a little bit,” Tritons coach Donna Coleman said. “But they made some errors too. These are not ideal conditions to play in.
“We made mental mistakes, but for me and this team, they’ve come a long way and I’m pleased with where we’ve come from where we started.”
Lemon Bay (20-2) will open region play Wednesday at home against Lehigh, while Mariner (13-11) travels to Golden Gate.
“They gave us opportunities, we gave them opportunities,” Lemon Bay coach Kim Pinkham said.
Thursday’s contest was made up of two very different games.
The first inning and a half saw four runs scored, two by each team.
Rain held up the game for 40 minutes before Lemon Bay struck in the fourth.