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GULFPORT - In case anyone considered Boca Ciega's earlier win over Seminole a fluke, the Pirates did it again Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Mary Drayton said her girls were thrilled to defeat the Warhawks 5-3 at a tournament earlier this season, but that win was followed by a 9-0 loss to Seminole and some fans may have doubted if the first victory was legitimate.
In Tuesday's game, the Pirates assured themselves respect with a 3-2 win.
Seminole pitcher Camille Morgan was breezing along with a perfect game through four innings when Boca Ciega's bats suddenly came alive. The Pirates' first three batters in the bottom of the fifth all reached on singles.
Down 2-0 with two outs in the sixth, Pirates' slugger Katelyn Perna drilled a triple into leftfield and scored on a single by Allie Cooper. Sarabeth Myers reached on the game's only error, then freshman Kelsey Knight singled into centerfield to drive in both of her teammates. The one-run lead held as winning pitcher Christina Hughes retired Seminole in order in the seventh.
The win was special for Boca Ciega because the Pirates entered this season without a win against Seminole in at least 10 years. Drayton, who is in her 21st and final year of coaching, said she didn't know when the losing streak started, but it was a long time ago.
"You lose so often you don't want to keep track of it," she said.
Knight, who had the winning hit, missed the first win over the Warhawks because of an injury. She felt relieved she was a big part of the second victory.
"Even though I'm a freshman, it's still cool," she said. "It's one thing to hear (about the earlier win). It's another thing to do it."
Boca Ciega (10-6) finished with six hits. Cooper had two of them. Hughes finished with a five-hitter and three strikeouts. Seminole (11-4-1) was led by Alison Saugrese's triple. Morgan had four strikeouts in the loss.