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Rotonda West fans on hand for Stone Crabs win

Charlotte Plizga goes into her wind-up for the ceremonial first pitch.

Char­lotte Plizga goes into her wind-up for the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch.

By Don Mahon

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Fire­works were the order of the night, both on the field and after the game on Rotonda West Night at the Char­lotte Sports Park.

Some 120 RW res­i­dents filled Sec­tion 216 Sat­ur­day night to watch the Char­lotte Stone Crabs man­age only two hits but still outscore the Tampa Yan­kees, 3–1.

A portion of Rotonda West fans react to the camera.

A por­tion of Rotonda West fans react to the camera.

It was a strange game. Highly rated Yan­kees pitcher James Kaprielian took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the Stone Crabs man­u­fac­tured three runs on a walk, a squeeze play and Yan­kee mis­plays – but no hits.

Stone Crabs starter Chris Pike matched Kaprielian pitch-for-pitch. Kaprielian, from Tustn, Calif., was the New York Yan­kees’ 2014 first round draft pick and cur­rently is ranked the fourth-best prospect in the orga­ni­za­tion. Pike, from Water­mill, NY, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth round of the 2014 draft.

Fans were treated to a col­or­ful and thun­der­ous post-game fire­works dis­play to cap off the evening.

Before the start of the game, a large cheer went up in Sec­tion 216 when Rotonda West’s Char­lotte Plizga let fly the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch. It landed just short of home plate, but drew cheers any­way. She had won the “‘first pitch” con­test at the ticket sales.

Another Rotonda West group in Section 216 watch the action on the field.

Another Rotonda West group in Sec­tion 216 watch the action on the field.

Many Rotonda West fans were spot­ted wear­ing Stone Crabs and Tampa Bay Rays gear, while a spat­ter­ing wore uni­form jer­seys with the rec­og­niz­able Yan­kees logo.

Rotonda West Night” is an annual event spon­sored by the Rotonda West Association’s Com­mu­nity Rela­tions Com­mit­tee led by Earl Haas, work­ing with Hal­lie Rubins of the Stone Crabs Mar­ket­ing Department.

A spectacular fireworks display was a big attraction for fans.

A spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play was a big attrac­tion for fans.

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