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FORT MYERS — For the first three innings Tuesday, Shorecrest was worried about a repeat of last week’s 1-0 loss to Sarasota Out-of-Door in the District 2A-11 title game.
But after going without a baserunner the first time through the order, the Chargers finally broke free, battering Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 12-5 in a 2A region quarterfinal.
“There was a little concern, and then we came back and started swinging the bats well,” said Shorecrest coach Don Reed. “I was very proud of our guys, the way they hung in there. We battled.”
Sparked by senior John Schiff’s leadoff single in the fourth inning, the Chargers (19-9) exploded for three runs in the fourth inning, five in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Schiff, who singled home two runs in the sixth inning and cleared the bases with a double in the seventh inning, led Shorecrest’s 10-hit attack.
Junior pitcher Marc Brakeman also had three hits, including a double, with three RBIs. He relieved ailing starter Jordan Lindsey in the third with Shorecrest trailing 3-0 and held Evangelical (20-8) to three hits and no earned runs over the final 41/3 innings. He struck out six.
“We thought he’d be okay and he wasn’t,” Reed said of Lindsey, who was sick. “Mark came in and did a good job.”
Jason Kiracofe singled and walked twice, Brian Kinter singled, walked and had two RBIs, and Spencer Heath singled, walked, had an RBI and was hit by a pitch.