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NAPLES — Northside Christian’s bats were no match for the arm of Community School of Naples pitcher Olivia Gabriel on Friday night.
Gabriel pitched a two-hitter as Community School eliminated the Mustangs in the Class 2A, Region 2 semifinals with a 5-0 victory.
The Seahawks (16-6) advance to play Lakeland Christian in the region finals Tuesday.
There were very few hits in the game as Gabriel and Jessica Anderson locked horns.
Community School won by manufacturing single runs in the first and third innings, and took advantage of errors and a wild pitch to put up three runs in the fifth.
The Seahawks only had two hits, but Gabriel made them stand up, striking out nine and walking four.
“I told the guys there is nothing to cry about and that they should be proud,” Northside coach John Anderson said. “This is one of the hardest-working teams we’ve ever had.
“It was a pitchers’ duel, and when there’s a pitchers’ duel, it comes down to who makes the least mistakes. And unfortunately, we made a few too many mistakes.”
Only twice did Northside (15-6) get a runner as far as second.
“Olivia Gabriel did a great job, and so did her catcher,” Anderson said. “Her catcher got a lot of strikes from her, which is what a good catcher does.
“I don’t think we got as many strikes as (Community School) did.”