MANATEE -- Maybe it was the cold or the opposing lefty in the pitcher's circle.
Whatever the reason, it took some time for the machine better known as Bayshore's offense to get rolling Thursday night.
Once it did, however, the Bruins rode it to yet another victory.
The Bruins scored runs in their final three at-bats to beat Manatee 8-4 in a non-district softball game, running their record to 14-0.
Ranked fourth in Class 5A in the Miracle Sports Softball Poll, the Bruins entered Thursday averaging 13 runs per game. But they were limited to one hit over the first three innings by Manatee lefty Kelli Gault.
An inning later, they awoke. An inside-the-park home run by Lashara James tied the score at one in the bottom of the fourth before Marina Clark's single plated JoJo Muldoon, who had tripled.
And Clark scored herself on Madyson Ramirez's bloop triple down the right-field line.
"We just worked on swinging at good pitches," said Clark, who finished with two hits, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. "It just worked. ... We were all really ready for this game."
Clark said the Bruins chased too many bad pitches the last time they faced Gault on Feb. 19 during a 10-inning victory at G.T. Bray park. They were a tad more patient Thursday, when they worked five walks during a four-run sixth inning that helped put the game out of reach.
"We were more relaxed, more patient and we swung at good pitches," Bayshore coach Frank Luther said. "We didn't hit it as good as I wanted us to hit it, but we got hits in certain spots."
That included the sixth, when Miriam Schmoll and Kristin Staley each had two-run singles. Bayshore needed just nine hits to score its eight runs.
Schmoll handled the pitching, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out seven. She pitched out of a pair of key jams, including one in the fourth, when the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead but stranded runners on second and third when Schmoll struck out Brooke Flynn and Brittany Sessions and retired Kara Marsh on a grounder fo first.
James added an RBI single in the fifth. She has six home runs and 29 RBIs, tops on a Bayshore team that hosts Braden River on Monday.
Taylor Bell had two hits and an RBI double and Marriah Wise singled, tripled and scored a run for the Hurricanes, who host Riverview on Tuesday in Class 8A-District 8 game.