Pirates endCanes' yearwith 7-1 win
It was a night where everything went right for Port Charlotte and nothing went right for Manatee.
Kyle Kemp pitched two-hit ball into the sixth, and Taylor Severson drove in three runs as Port Charlotte took advantage of four Hurricane errors to cruise to a 7-1 victory in the opening round of the District 7A-11 playoffs Tuesday at the Pirate Cove.
Kemp struck out 10 Canes on one unearned run, two hits and three walks before leaving after a leadoff single in the sixth. Kyle Klawonn mopped up for Port Charlotte.
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Port Charlotte scored first off Manatee starter Scott Kelly on an RBI double from centerfielder Joey Howes that brought Donovan Petrey home to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates blew the game open in the second, capitalizing on two Manatee errors. Kemp led off with a pop-up that Manatee first baseman Manny Rodriguez dropped. After Grady Wells singled, Taylor Severson brought Kemp home on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. After John Tufano walked, Petrey reached on a Rodriguez throwing error to score Wells and make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Kemp cruised. He struck out the side in the first and didn't surrender a hit until Danny Kerwin got one off the glove of Nick Agosto in the fourth.
Nothing went the way of Manatee (11-15), which managed its lone run on a Danny Kerwin fielder's choice in the sixth.
To add insult to injury, the game ended on a runner's interference for a double play to end it.
"Lack of execution. We knew Kemp would be tough, but we have to make plays to keep us in the game," Manatee coach Dwayne Strong said. "It's typical of what we've done all year and it's tough to swallow."
Max Moneuse and Tyler Souris, who scored Manatee's lone run, also had singles. Kelly allowed seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and allowing seven runs, only three earned.
CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 10 SEMIFINALS -- Austin Bingham fired a two-hit shutout, striking out eight, to lead host Cardinal Mooney to a 3-0 victory over Saint Stephen's.
Ben Israel and Nick Rodhouse got the hits for the Falcons, who finish the season 9-14. Nick Runde threw four innings of scoreless relief to keep Saint Stephen's in the game.
The Cougars will meet Out-of-Door Academy, an 11-1 winner of Bradenton Christian, in the district final at 7 p.m. Friday at McKechnie Field.
-- Herald staff reports, the Charlotte Sun-Herald contributed to this report