Prep softball: Lely's postseason push ends with loss to NFM

Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
Lely High School center fielder Susana Martinez tags North Fort Myers' Katie Grubb out at second during the regional quarterfinal softball game held at Lely on Wednesday, April 25.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Lely High School center fielder Susana Martinez tags North Fort Myers' Katie Grubb out at second during the regional quarterfinal softball game held at Lely on Wednesday, April 25.

NORTH FORT MYERS 9, LELY 2

NFM 200 022 3—9 5 3

L 000 001 1—2 4 6

Boyden and Rowell; Feola and Hogan. WP — Bowden. LP — Feola. 2B — Waitekus 2 (NFM), Kayetta (NFM), Bell (L) 3B — Rowell (NFM), Hogan (L).

— The wave of momentum that has been pushing the Lely High softball team through the postseason finally came crashing down as the Trojans fell at home to North Fort Myers 9-2 in Wednesday night’s Class 5A regional quarterfinals.

“We definitely came out a little flatter than we usually do,” Lely coach Jess Millar said. “I really thought they were going to turn it on but it was too little, too late.”

The Trojans couldn’t get their offense to click as North starter Darienne Boyden kept the Lely lineup at bay using myriad of off-speed pitches. Boyden allowed two runs while scattering four hits and striking out nine to earn the victory.

“That was the game plan. My catcher Kat (Rowell) and my coach called most of the game so it was a team effort,” Boyden said. “I was throwing the knuckleball and the change-up. I was changing the speed a little bit and it was enough to throw them off.”

“She threw all her pitches very well and she only walked one batter. That was a big thing,” Red Knights coach Rachel Holloway said. “She kept them off-balance. She did great all the way through the end.”

The Titans, who were without star shortstop Navia Penrod due to an illness, looked off-balance in the field as well, committing six errors.

“We missed her. It’s definitely disappointing,” Millar said. “Even though she is a freshman, it’s tough not having your shortstop out there. Even though she isn’t a vocal leader, she definitely leads by example and I know it hurt (the team) to not have her out there.”

The Trojans finally broke Boyden’s shutout after senior catcher Katie Hogan led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple and scored on Taylor Bell’s RBI double.

Lely scored again in the bottom of the seventh on Hogan’s RBI single.

Despite the ending, the team is happy with their season.

“I’m really proud,” Hogan said. “We had a great season. A lot of people were second-guessing us but we proved them all wrong. I’m definitely going to miss it.”

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