Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

North Port Wins Tourney Opener

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

North Port Wins Tourney Opener

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SECTION VI: Dominic Lefever has a homer and 3 RBI in victory

FORT MYERS -- A long layoff did not affect the North Port Area Little League All-Star team.

Competing in the 11- and 12-year-old sectionals for the first time in the 30-plus year league history, North Port hitters pounded out 11 hits and Brian O'Boyle pitched a complete-game victory, as North Port opened Section VI tournament play with a 9-4 victory over Greater Naples at Swanson Stadium at Sam Fleishman Park.

In the first game, District 9 champion South Fort Myers defeated District 18 champion Lehigh Acres, 9-1.

The round-robin tournament concludes today with four games at Sam Fleishman Park.

South Fort Myers plays Greater Naples at 9 a.m. North Port plays Lehigh Acres at 11:30 p.m. Lehigh Acres plays Greater Naples at 2 p.m. South Fort Myers plays North Port at 4:30 p.m. in what could be the championship game.

Playing for the first time in 11 days after winning the District 16 tournament over Venice, North Port fell behind 1-0 to District 27 champion Greater Naples in the top of the first inning before quickly gaining the lead.

With two outs, Kyle Quinn singled off the left field fence. Dominic Lefever followed by clubbing a high fastball over the center field fence for his first home run to score pinch-runner Nick Caster ahead of him.

Greater Naples got even at 2-2 in the top of the third, but North Port came right back to take the lead again.

With lightning crackling in the distance and thunder roaring, leadoff hitter Brian O'Boyle singled to right field. Charlie Davidson was hit with a pitch. After a force out, Lefever delivered again, sending a run-scoring double to the right-center field gap for his third RBI of the game.

North Port added to the lead in the fourth. Tyler O'Boyle doubled, went to third on a Levi Kinsey groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. …

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