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Pirates' rust evident in 9-1 loss to Vikings

Published April 2, 2003

GULFPORT - An afternoon or two away from the beach probably would not have made much difference after all.

Three weeks ago, a young Boca Ciega team gave south county leader Northeast all it could handle, going eight innings before falling 3-2. What could have been a juicy rematch never materialized Tuesday, as the Vikings rolled to a 9-1 decision.

The loss was not so much a function of Northeast's power, instead Boca Ciega provided the cushion with five errors and five walks in the first five innings.

Northeast scored its first five runs without a hit.

"I sort of take the blame. I gave them all of last week off," Pirates coach Mary Drayton said. "They all hit some but they had no defensive practice, and it showed."

The Vikings (10-2 overall, 7-1 Class 5A, District 10, 3-0 Pinellas County Athletic Conference South Division) showed little rust from spring break, as Crystal Folwell improved her record to 9-1 with a complete-game five-hitter.

Boca Ciega pushed across a run in the first when Jenna Mayes hit a two-out double to center to score Morgan Hughart, but that would be it.

Northeast took a 2-1 lead in the second with its own two-out rally, as Tanya Scaringe reached on an error, Brittany Tuliano was hit in the foot by a pitch and Lauren Flanagan walked to load the bases.

Michelle Maillard then batted, and Mayes delivered a wild pitch. At first the runners did not advance, but the Pirates catcher threw to first to try to get Flanagan and the ball bounded away, scoring Scaringe. Moments later, another wild pitch scored Tuliano.

Boca Ciega (5-11, 3-4, 1-4) went on to give up three more runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth as the defensive lapses continued and Mayes (5-5) had an uncharacteristically wild day.

"This is the first time I've seen Jenna struggle," first-year Northeast coach Andy Scarmack said. "Unfortunately, she threw a lot of balls."

Lindsey McGory had the only RBI for Northeast, driving in Folwell with a sacrifice fly. She also had a hit and scored a run. Scaringe and Tuliano both scored two runs.

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