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Bulls remain afloat in a tough district

It's considered one of the toughest districts in the area _ some call it the toughest in the state _ and Bloomingdale chipped away at another tough one to stay afloat.

Behind Allison Kime's strong pitching the Bulls (6-2) beat Sarasota 3-0 Tuesday night to level their Class 6A, District 5 record at 2-2.

Second baseman Melissa Mestre had her best performance of the season, smacking a double in the third inning, and third baseman Jasmine Rivera singled to drive Mestre home.

Shortstop Devan Spence had a run-scoring single to score centerfielder Laura Williams in the fourth, and designated hitter Kristin Maas added a single.

The first run was scored on a passed ball in the first inning.

"I think overall the team did really well," Mestre said. "We played together, and our pitcher did really well."

Kime extended her unbeaten streak to five games, and it was the fifth game in which she allowed one hit. She struck out 14 and walked one.

Sarasota (6-3, 2-2) attempted a rally in the final inning, mostly off Bloomingdale mistakes. An error at first base and the only walk of the night put Sailors on first and second and ruffled Kime's confidence.

She quickly put the issue to rest, striking out the final batter.

"I think when she walked that next batter, it upset her and she got a little bit down," Bloomingdale coach Mike Clamon said. "But we talked to her, and she was okay."

Sarasota coach Amy Day-Durant said playing against teams like defending state champion Riverview, Sarasota Riverview and Venice is an uphill battle, and she was disappointed with the Sailors' results against the Bulls.

"We have another shot, though," Day-Durant said. "That's how we are, just like we were in this game. We fight until the very end."