PAHS Softball: Signs of progress

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Apr. 30, 2009

The wins aren’t there yet for the Gators softball team, but coach Dave Roae is beginning to see some encouraging signs of progress from his young squad, which lists four juniors, four sophomores, and a freshman among its starters.

“Defensively, we’ve really improved in the last three or four games. You can tell by the scores; everything is tighter. Obviously, our offense is where we need to improve. I’m pretty happy with the defense right now,” Roae said. “We played Coudersport two weeks ago, and once again we didn’t hit the ball very well, but we played defense, and the girls were into the game … Beginning with Coudy, defensively, we’ve really come a long way.”

On Thursday night, Port ran into Otto-Eldred and pitcher Taylor Thomas again, with the Terrors notching a 10-2 win to sweep the season series. Unlike the first meeting, though, the Gators managed to touch the O-E ace for some hits and a couple of runs.

“We had one bad inning. It was 2-1 heading into the fourth, and we had seven errors, and they scored six runs. We played a good game up until then, and then it went down quick,” Roae said.

The Gators traveled to the Bolivar-Richburg Tournament on Friday afternoon for games against the Wolverines and Oswayo Valley. In the opener against B-R, a perennial New York state playoff participant, the Gators stayed close in a 4-0 loss.

“We had runners on third in three different innings; we just couldn’t score. Amarae Reinard pitched that game, and she kept them off-balance all night. She did a very nice job,” Roae said of his junior hurler, who scattered eight hits and four walks in six innings.

Port led Oswayo Valley 7-4 in the fourth inning of the consolation game, before the Green Wave rallied to win 8-7 on an unearned run in the eighth. Sophomore Sarah Brodhun went the distance in the nightcap, striking out six and walking seven.

Returning home, the Gators faced Northern Potter on Monday night. The Port bats were mostly silent again, with the team managing just two hits in the game, but improved fielding – including several solid plays by freshman third baseman Becky Andrus – kept them in another 4-0 defeat. Another ninth-grader, Kris-Ann Raymo, cracked a triple to the left-field fence.

“She’s really hitting the ball well,” Roae said of Raymo. “For a first-year player, she’s really impressed me both in the outfield and at the plate.

He concluded, “If we keep playing defense like this, and the sticks start working, we’re going to be all right.”

Now 1-8 on the season, the team was scheduled to play Austin on Wednesday, making up an earlier rainout as part of a doubleheader at the Port High field.

PAHS spring sports roundup: 4/23/09

Baseball:
Gators split pair of NTL games

After holding off a late comeback attempt at Oswayo Valley to win 13-11 and run their season-opening streak to five games, the Port Allegany High School baseball team came back to Moose Park on Thursday for an early-season showdown against Coudersport, another North Tier League contender.

There, they ran into Bret Metzger. The Falcons’ ace stole the spotlight from the home team, coming within a single strike of pitching a no-hitter and crushing two home runs to straightaway center field in Coudy’s 12-0 victory.

“He was just outstanding,” said Coudersport coach Doug McClintic, whose team improved to 6-2 with the win. “He came out and rebounded us from our loss to Bradford. That was a tough loss, and we struggled with pitching. Buddy came out and just pounded the strike zone, and let us get going. And he comes up one hit short of a no-hitter, which is rare to see. I’ve never been that close to one before, playing or coaching. So that was a lot of fun to watch, and he deserves all the credit … He’s the leader of this team.”

Metzger, back for his senior season after missing 2008 with a knee injury, was determined not to let some early struggles at the plate affect his pitching.

“I just kept going and got in a groove, just kept striking people out and getting groundouts, and my defense helped me out,” he said. “Then eventually, to come up with the first home run … And I’m speechless for the second one. I feel like I’m finally in my groove again.”

After a scoreless first frame, Coudersport put two unearned runs on the board before breaking the game open in the fourth with three singles and Metzger’s first blast. Meanwhile, the Falcons righthander was in cruise control on the mound, striking out eight of the first 13 batters he faced and setting the Gators down in order in both the third and fourth innings.

Leading 6-0 heading into the fifth, the visitors took advantage of a pair of walks and a hit batsman to add to their lead before Metzger’s second homer ended the scoring. Coudy took the field for the bottom of the inning with the 10-run rule in effect and recorded the first two outs, including Metzger’s tenth strikeout, before Ryan Bodamer lined a clean single to center on a 2-2 pitch to break up the no-hitter.

“Obviously, you have to tip your hat to the kid,” Port coach Nate Zitnik said. “He’s definitely a very good pitcher for the area. I kept telling the guys, ‘You can’t help him out.’ He wasn’t really throwing his curveball for a strike, but his fastball was legit. We were trying to get the pitch count up, and we were doing all right with it, but then we kind of fell apart. You know, that’s a really good ball team. You have to give them credit.”

But while he was more than willing to compliment the Falcons, Zitnik admitted his own team didn’t play up to their potential.

“I think they kind of lost focus, and didn’t realize exactly what was going on,” he said. “It’s a 0-0 ballgame (after three innings) if we do the little things right. Going back to what we always said, if we do the little things right and execute, we win ballgames. I would have been happy with 0-0 going into the fourth and then see where it goes, but it kind of got away from us a little bit. Plus, we have a lot of young guys, and they were a little outclassed by his fastball. That’s something we’re going to have to work on and get better at.”

“I’m still standing behind my guys and I think we have a pretty solid ballteam,” he continued. “We just have to come back – keep pitching, keep hitting, keep playing defense. I wouldn’t trade them. If anything, this is going to teach them a little about adversity.”

Then, thinking back to the Oswayo Valley game earlier in the week – where the Green Wave sent the tying run to the plate after going into the seventh inning down 13-2 – Zitnik talked about another teaching moment for his young squad, now 5-1 on the season.

“The important thing is, I think, that there are lessons to be learned in every game,” he said. “Going back to that whole title fight thing, I told the guys, ‘Baseball’s timeless. You’re not going to get saved by the clock. You let someone hang around, they can knock you out.’ It’s nice that I can refer back to that, and they have it in their memories as well.”

He concluded, “They’re learning the game, and I’m very happy with their progress. We’ll take something from each of the wins and each of the losses, and we’ll go from there.”

Camrin Stuckey pitched into the sixth inning to earn the win over OV, and helped his own cause with a solo home run. Mark Larson, who led the Gator attack with a grand slam, also took the mound in the seventh to shut down the Green Wave comeback and earn the save.

Port is back in action for three games this week, with a trip to Smethport and a home game with Otto-Eldred preceding Friday’s 4:15 p.m. start against Bradford at Moose Park.

At Shinglehouse, 4/14:
PA 1 0 5 1 1 1 4 – 13 7 4
OV 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 – 11 7 6
Camrin Stuckey (6 SO, 2 BB), Brock Bricker (6) (3 BB), Mark Larson (7) (1 SO, 1 BB) and Josh Guerrero
Ryan Austin (7 SO, 7BB), Chris Krajewski (7) (3 BB) and Jake Jandrew
HR: Stuckey (PA), Larson (PA)

At Port Allegany, 4/16:
C 0 1 1 3 6 – 12 11 0
PA 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 2
Bret Metzger (10 SO, 1 BB) and Zach Buckler
Mark Larson (5 SO, 5 BB), Lucas Kline (5) and Josh Guerrero, Zach Sigafoes (5)
HR: Metzger (C) 2

Softball:
Gators fall to Green Wave, Falcons

After winning its first game of the season against Cameron County on Apr. 8, the Gators softball team was unable to make it two in a row against Oswayo Valley last week, with the visiting Green Wave scoring early and often in a 21-4 victory.

“We just did not play well at all. We did very little correct in that game … it was just a very poor game on our part,” said Port High coach Dave Roae, who did note that Cora Bova went 2-for-3 with a triple in the game.

“Cora has some pop in her bat. She gets some really good at-bats for us. She’s getting some RBIs, and in three out of five games, she had an extra-base hit (two doubles and a triple). She’s probably our leading hitter right now, average-wise and in on-base percentage. She’s a full-time starter this year, and she’s done well,” he said.

The score was closer but the result was the same against undefeated Coudersport on Thursday, with the Falcons riding Kori McManus’ one-hitter to a 10-0 decision to improve to 7-0.

Despite the outcome, Roae did see some positive signs from his young team: “We lost 10-0. However, the girls came to play; they were into it. Sarah (Brodhun, who scattered five hits, struck out six, and allowed six walks) pitched a good game. Going into the third inning, it was nothing-nothing. They scored three in the third, and then Sarah started getting tired in the fifth. She pitched very well, we had just a couple of errors, and overall, we played a much better game than Tuesday,” he said.

While the fifth-year coach admits he’s a little perplexed by the team’s slow start, he’s also realistic about the caliber of competition they’ve faced. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier this week, with games against Smethport and Otto-Eldred before a trip to the Bolivar-Richburg tournament on Friday afternoon.

“We have the talent to be better than our (1-4) record,” Roae said. “We’re not playing up to our potential, and I’m not quite sure why that is … At this point, it is a little disappointing looking at our record, but we have faced some tough teams so far. I guess we’ll see how we do going forward.”

Track and field:
Boys beat Smethport; Evens quadruples against Hubs, places at Kane

The Port Allegany track teams finally got to run their first dual meet of the season last Thursday in Smethport. Behind triples from Denzel Middleton (110/300 hurdles,400 relay), Tyler Payne (1600, 3200, 3200 relay), Ben Osani (100, 200, 400 relay), and Josh Fox (400, 800, 1600 relay), the Gator boys dominated the competition, winning 14 of 18 events to cruise to a 118-32 victory.

The girls fell 85-65 to the Hubbers despite a quadruple by sophomore Bryanna Evens, who swept the sprints and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team. Head coach George Riley also noted that Jessica French and Kelsey Payne each earned a spot at the District 9 meet with their performances.

“Jessica came in second in the 1600 run, behind Smethport’s Tracy Woodring, with a time of 5:57, which is district qualifying. Kelsey qualified in the high jump with a jump of 4’9″; she also finished second, behind April Alfieri of Smethport,” Riley wrote in an e-mail to the Reporter Argus.

On Saturday, the teams’ top athletes faced a different level of competition – including several Class AAA schools – at the Kane Invitational. Evens improved her district-qualifying time in the 400-meter dash, finishing fourth in 1:04.81. French qualified for districts in the 800 run with a time of 2:39.09, winning her heat and finishing 12th overall. While no boys medaled, Riley noted that several personal bests were recorded.

Both teams are slated for two meets this week, visiting Coudersport to face the Falcons and Oswayo Valley on Tuesday, then returning home to host Otto-Eldred at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. And in a scheduling change, the Sheffield meet has been moved up a day; the Gators will now travel to Warren County on Apr. 29.

boys: Port A 118, Smethport 32
100: Osani (PA) :12.1, 200: Osani (PA) :24.7, 400: Fox (PA) :54.6, 800: Fox (PA) 2:18.9, 1600: Payne (PA) 5:05, 3200: Payne (PA) 11:17.3, 400 relay: Port A (Middleton, Woods, Mitchener, Osani) :47.9, 1600 relay: Port A (Greenman, Gustin, Willis, Fox) 3:56.1, 3200 relay: Port A (Kysor, Coxen, Roush, Payne) 9:19, 110 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :18.6, 300 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :46.3, long jump: Paulik (S) 17-2, triple jump: Nelson (S) 35-11 ½, high jump: Nellis (PA) 5-7, shot put: Isadore (S) 38-11, discus: Isadore (S) 109-4, pole vault: Tanner (PA) 10-0, javelin: Fabish (PA) 133-2.

girls: Smethport 85, Port A 65
100: Evens (PA) :13.5, 200: Evens (PA) :28.98, 400: Evens (PA) 1:06, 800: Woodring (S) 2:37.2, 1600: Woodring (S) 5:55, 3200: Raymond (S) 13:43.9, 400 relay: Port A (Drabert, Foster, Schena, Evens) :56.4, 1600 relay: Smethport (Stratton, Alfieri, Carlson, Woodring) 4:41.7, 3200 relay: Smethport (Stratton, Nannen, Carlson, Woodring) 11:18, 100 hurdles: Alfieri (S) :18.02, 300 hurdles: Alfieri (S) :52.3, long jump: Kelley (PA) 13-2, triple jump: Drabert (PA) 26-2, high jump: Alfieri (S) 4-11, shot put: Anderson (PA) 27 5 ¼, discus: Duffy (S) 82-5, pole vault: Hahn (S) 7-6, javelin: Duffy (S) 95-2.

PAHS spring sports roundup: 4/16/09

Baseball: Port Allegany 15, Cameron County 4

Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning with a nine-run lead at frigid Moose Park, Port Allegany baseball coach Nate Zitnik called seniors Bryce Healy and Mark Larson over for a short conference before sending Healy to the plate to lead off the inning. The centerfielder promptly smacked a ground-rule double to the deepest part of the field, and Larson quickly followed with a two-run shot over the left-field fence to end the game via the “mercy rule,” giving the Gators a 15-4 victory over visiting Cameron County on Thursday afternoon.

You told them to hurry up and get the game over with, right, Coach?

Zitnik chuckled at the not-quite-serious question, then said, “Actually, to tell you the truth, I told them to treat this kind of like a title fight. You might be ahead on the scorecard, but if you let anyone hang around long enough, it can come back to bite you. We talked, and we figured now would be a good time to end it, and it just worked out that way. I have to give these guys credit; they’ve been clutch all year. That’s something you don’t teach – they’ve grown into it. That’s something I think we were missing a little last year, and now we have it, so I’ve been very happy about that.”

Larson led a Gator attack that pounded out 12 hits against Red Raider pitching, finishing the game 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, and junior first baseman Lucas Kline brought in another run on a 2-for-2 day. Sophomore pitcher Camrin Stuckey went four innings to earn the win, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven, before giving way to junior J.D. Haskins (one strikeout, one walk) for the final two frames.

“Camrin has really developed into a great No. 2,” Zitnik said. “With him and Larson, coach Bienkowski and I really feel like we’ve got a nice, solid 1-2 punch. We’ve been extremely happy. Even on a cold day, too, and the guys played solid defense behind him. It was a great team effort.”

On that theme, he continued, “We contributed all the way around. It’s hard to pick one guy and say he did a nice job, because everyone contributed. You can’t ask for more than that as a coach.”

Although Zitnik is obviously pleased by his team’s 4-0 start to the season, with games against a hot Oswayo Valley squad and always-tough Coudersport on the slate this week, he knows it’s far too early to start thinking about the long-term outlook.

“I keep telling these guys, ‘Take it one game at a time,’” he said. “We’re approaching it as, you show up, you do the right things, do the little things, pay attention to detail and focus, and good things will happen. Hopefully we continue to do that. We’ll see.”

At Port Allegany, 4/8:
CC 0 1 0 0 3 0 – 4 5 4
PA 3 8 2 0 0 2 – 15 13 1
Dom Manginell (2 SO, 6 BB), Jordan Garrigan (3) (2 SO, 1 BB), and Vince Summers, Manginell (3)
Camrin Stuckey (6 SO, 2 BB), J.D. Haskins (5) (1 SO, 1 BB) and Josh Guerrero, Zach Sigafoes (5)
HR: Kyle McManigle (CC), Mark Larson (PA)

Softball: Port Allegany 10, Cameron County 8

Weather woes postponed two of three scheduled games last week, but the Gators were successful in the one contest they did play, notching an 10-8 victory at Cameron County on Thursday afternoon to improve their record to 1-2.

“The girls played a great game,” coach Dave Roae said. “We cut down on our errors, and had some very timely hitting. I think we had 11 or 12 hits, and scored 10 runs, so the girls got hits when we needed them. We hit up and down the order; it was really nice to see.”

Kyley Mickle (2-for-3), Cora Bova (2-for-5, with a double), and Kris-Ann Raymo (2-for-5) helped power the Gator offense, while Sara Brodhun and Becky Andrus combined to pitch a five-hitter for the win.

Mother Nature permitting, Port returned to the diamond on Edison Bates Drive for a Tuesday afternoon game against visiting Oswayo Valley, and will travel to Coudersport on Thursday for a scheduled 4:15 p.m. start. Makeup dates for the postponed Austin and Bradford games have not been set.

Track: Port boys take second, girls third at Twin Tiers Invitational

April snows wiped out the dual meet against Oswayo Valley scheduled for last Tuesday, so the Gators hit the track for the first time this season at the Twin Tiers Invitational on Thursday evening. Head coach George Riley was pleased with his team’s performance at the meet hosted by OV at the Bolivar-Richburg facilities, calling it a “really, really good showing.”

While distance runner Jessica French (1600, 3200) and sprinter Josh Fox (400) captured the only individual victories for Port, an abundance of top-three finishes kept both teams in contention for the overall titles. The boys finished a strong second, 12 points behind Northern Potter, which set two meet records on the way to the win. Cowanesque Valley and Smethport each scored 116 points, breaking six more meet records, to split top honors in the girls’ meet.

“Overall, depth made a big difference,” said Riley, who added that he only took a partial squad to the event. Based on the positive results, he said, “I think we’re looking forward to an enjoyable, fun season.”

Although the Gators will compete against Oswayo Valley when they travel to Coudersport next week, Riley would still like to make up the postponed meet – one of just three home dates on the schedule – to give both schools’ athletes another chance to qualify for districts. This week, the team travels to Smethport on Thursday, then heads south to the Kane Invitational on Saturday morning.

“We did get to do a little scouting on Smethport (at the Twin Tiers event), to see what they had,” Riley said. “I think we’ll do okay … Hopefully the weather will be nice, and we’ll have some quality times.”

Close to 30 teams are expected to compete in Kane, giving the Gators a chance to go up against some of the best athletes in this part of the state.

“I can’t wait to see Tyree Bennett run the hurdles,” Riley said of Bradford High’s state-ranked senior. “Not knocking my guy Denzel (Middleton), but he’s 10 seconds faster than Denzel, and Denzel’s pretty good. It’s going to be phenomenal to watch him compete … You’re going to see some quality athletes, get a chance to watch this guy warm up, watch what he does to prepare.

“I think some of our kids will do well,” he continued. “With Jessica, I think this is an opportunity for her to excel. She went out in front in all her races (at the Twin Tiers meet) – even in the relay, she was out in front, and in the mile and two-mile, she was out in front and no one could touch her. So it will be nice to see her going against some kids who will maybe push her a little bit. Fox, too; he jumped out in front in the 400. This one will be a pretty quick race, but I think he’ll do okay.”

Twin Tiers Invitational at Bolivar-Richburg, 4/9:
Boys: Northern Potter 124, Port Allegany 112, Oswayo Valley 83, Eisenhower 78, Otto-Eldred 75, Bolivar-Richburg 74, Cowanesque Valley 71, Smethport 36.

Results involving Port Allegany athletes:
200: Poole (BR) :24.33, Ben Osani (PA) :25.15, Adam Greenman (PA) :25.47
400: Josh Fox (PA) :54.60, Zack Erway (NP) 55.43, Andrew Morgan (NP) :56.88
3200: Steven Kibbe (NP) 10:40.82 (MR), Tyler Payne (PA) 11:07.12, Brady Robinson (BR) 11:09.70
400 relay: Otto-Eldred :47.68, Port A :48.97, Cowanesque Valley :49.38
1,600 relay: Northern Potter 3:47.29 (MR), Eisenhower 3:50.11, Port A 3:50.71
3,200 relay: Oswayo Valley 9:23.51, Port A 9:36.57, Smethport 9:39.11
110 hurdles: Mark Beckwith (O-E) :18.06, Phil Chambers (BR) :18.06, Denzel Middleton (PA) :18.72
300 hurdles: Max Solis (NP) :45.18, John Honhart (E) :45.26, Middleton (PA) :47.48
shot put: Jacob Lane (CV) 45-0 ¾ (MR), Isadore (S) 39-10 ¾, Paul Woods (PA) 39-3
discus: Lane (CV) 130-3, Chris Fabish (PA) 105-8 ½, Jacob Kady (CV) 103-0 ½

Girls: Cowanesque Valley 116, Smethport 116, Port Allegany 91, Eisenhower 77, Bolivar-Richburg 71, Otto-Eldred 66, Northern Potter 54, Oswayo Valley 50.

Results involving Port Allegany athletes:
200: Karen Eick (CV) :27.99, Rebecca Warriner (NP) :28.18, Bryanna Evens (PA):29.03
400: Orr (CV) 1:03.30, Warriner 1:04.18, Evens (PA) 1:05.54
800: Erin Perry (NP) 2:36.22, Tracy Woodring (S) 2:38.44, Jessica French (PA) 2:41.68
1,600: French (PA) 6:08.34, Hannah Pruch (BR) 6:09.79, Danielle Carlson (S) 6:17.62
3,200: French (PA) 13:53.19, Jacquie Raymond (S) 14:06.47, Natalya Nannen (S) 14:07.44
400 relay: Cowanesque Valley :54.61 (MR), Port A :57.29, Bolivar-Richburg :57.69
1,600 relay: Cowanesque Valley 4:35.67 (MR), Smethport 4:46.83, Port A 4:57.94
3,200 relay: Smethport 11:20.21 (MR), Bolivar-Richburg 11:50.60, Port A 11:56.13
100 hurdles: April Alfieri (S):17.92 (MR), Cassandra Chapman (E) :18.73, Emily Schena (PA) :19.10
300 hurdles: Chapman (E) :53.10, Schena (PA) :53.17, Cathrine Northup (CV) :55.39.
(MR = meet record.)

PAHS 2009 softball preview

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
April 9, 2009

As the 2009 high school softball season begins, fifth-year Port Allegany head coach Dave Roae hopes to improve on last year’s 5-14 record, but he expects some growing pains along the way.

“We need to replace five starters from last year’s team. We lost our pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, and left fielder. We had quite a few seniors last year, and we lost quite a bit of talent. So it’s a young team, but I think we can play and I think we can win,” he said.

Finding a good pitcher is at the top of Roae’s list, because the position is critically important in fast-pitch softball.

“Pitching is key. It’s the main focus of the game,” he said. “We have a young pitcher this year, Sara Brodhun. She’s a tenth-grader, and she throws the ball hard. Now we’re working with her to get some other pitches – you can throw the ball a hundred miles an hour, but if you don’t have a changeup, don’t have some other off-speed stuff, eventually they’ll catch up with you.”

Roae also lauded Brodhun’s play in the field, saying, “I’ve never had a pitcher get off the mound the way she does to cover bunts and play defense.”

The team may be young, but the Gators do return five players with some starting experience.

“We have a young core group of very athletic girls,” Roae said. “We’ve got a group of four juniors and three sophomores who are going to play together all this year and all next year. It’s nice that this group is going to play together for several years here. The four juniors – shortstop Shanel Halle, center fielder Kaitlyn Kio, third baseman Amarae Reinard, and catcher Brittany Drabert – all play the same sports. You see them all over the place, and they play together very well, and I’m glad I have them … the sky’s the limit for them.”

Those four, plus sophomores Kyley Mickle (second base) and Cora Bova (outfield), will be key contributors for a team Roae and assistant coach Dave Morey hope can contend for a playoff berth.

“Our record last year wasn’t representative of our talent,” Roae said. “We threw a couple of games away that we should have won, and a couple of things happened here and there … We should have been a better team last year.”

He continued, “I think realistically, if we play at our potential, we can be a .500 team, and that’s what we need to go to the playoffs. I think if we beat the teams we’re supposed to beat, and play a little bit better, that’s a realistic goal.”

However, that playoff push got off to a bumpy start last week with losses against two of the better teams in the newly-formed North Tier Division.

Otto-Eldred pitcher Taylor Thomas quieted the Gator bats in the season opener last Tuesday afternoon, a 12-0 Terrors victory at the Port High field on Edison Bates Drive. The junior righthander carried a perfect game into the bottom of the fifth inning before allowing a two-out walk to Kaitlyn Kio, then notched her ninth strikeout to complete the no-hitter.

“She pitched a really nice game,” Roae said, “and we didn’t hit to our potential. Not much else to say about that, except that they played a great game.”

O-E catcher Jordan Beckwith provided all the offense the Terrors would need in the top of the first inning, crushing a two-run homer to right-center; the junior slugger would finish the game 3-for-3 with 5 RBI. Up 3-0 after three innings, the visitors pushed across nine runs in the next two frames to invoke the 10-run rule.

“We definitely had some first-game jitters there, and seven errors don’t help,” Roae said.

The story was much the same in Ulysses on Thursday, with Kristin Potter’s first-inning home run and more Port fielding errors staking Northern Potter to an 11-3 win. The Gators dropped to 0-2 on the season despite managing 12 hits, including a double by Bova and a 3-for-4 performance by Shelby Gleason, against Panthers pitching.

Depending on the weather, Port has three chances to get on the winning track this week, with games scheduled at Austin (Monday), Cameron County (Wednesday), and Bradford (Thursday). Their next home game is slated for Apr. 14 against Oswayo Valley.