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NAPLES — Shorecrest put up 11 runs on Community School of Naples on Wednesday night in the Class 2A region quarterfinals. But in a game full of offensive fireworks, the Seahawks had a little more power.
Community School rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Chargers 13-11. Olivia Gabriel was the winning pitcher for Community School (15-6). Raquel Galinski took the loss for Shorecrest (12-5).
“Community School has a lot of older players who can really hit,” Shorecrest coach Trent Rubley said. “Meanwhile, we’ve got a young team. We gave it our best, but it just wasn’t enough. But we’ve made great progress this season building our organization. More than anything, our goal this season was to build up our softball program, and we did that.”
Hayley Jayson had two hits and five RBIs for Shorecrest. Alexis Galinski also contributed three hits.
“We usually have a tight defense, but tonight we made a few mistakes,” Rubley said. “We had a couple plays that didn’t go our way, and that gave (Community School) a lot of momentum. But the girls tried hard and didn’t give up.”
Shorecrest took charge with four runs in the first. Alexis Galinski led off with a double to right and after a sacrifice by Jaque Galinski, a fielder’s choice by Hannah Smith and an error that allowed Molly Webber to reach, the bases were loaded. Jayson then singled home
Alexis Galinski and Smith. The bases were reloaded, then Nikki Cobb and Molly Gilroy each knocked in a run.
The Chargers led 6-3, then the Seahawks rallied to go ahead 7-6 in the third. The Chargers responded with four in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Jayson’s three-run home run to left. CSN regained the lead in the fourth, scoring four runs for the second straight at-bat for an 11-10 advantage.