In a game in which runs were scarce, Coral Shores High outfielder Dalton Falcucci delivered with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday.
Falcucci, a sophomore batting in the No. 2 spot, lashed a shot down the leftfield line, bringing Will Goodwin around from second to score the game-winner for the Hurricanes, 2-1, over Keys Gate Charter.
Coral Shores (1-2) booked its first win of the season heading into road games Friday at Palmer Trinity (results pending at press time) and a Tuesday game at Ransom Everglades.
Freshman right-hander Jose Lima starred as the Hurricane starter against Keys Gate, throwing a three-hitter through six innings. He allowed one earned run, hit two Keys Gates Knights and issued one walk.
Kyle Couty, a lefthander, got the victory when he retired the Keys Gate side in the seventh, second baseman Cody Richards and shortstop Ian Thomson combining on a force at second.
The District 16-4A clash at Founders Park was scoreless through five innings before each side scored in the sixth.
The Knights singled in a runner, who walked to open the inning.
Falcucci opened the Canes' frame with a single, stole second and moved to third when third baseman Daryl Chou beat out a bunt to reach first. Kyle Gates got the RBI on a hard-hit ball that scored Falcucci despite the Knights turning a double play at second and first.
Coral Shores threatened again with first baseman Chris O'Berry and Lima reaching base, but they were stranded there.
Couty retired the Knights in the seventh with a fly to left, a strikeout and fielder's choice after a walk.
Goodwin drew a one-out walk in the Coral Shores half, and advanced on a wild pitch. Falcucci then tagged the game-winner, ending the game.
The Canes played well defensively, with leftfielder Fernando Garcia making a perfect throw to second to catch a Knight who tried to stretch a single too far.
Gates, a sophomore, handled the Cane throwers and made a good throw to third on a steal. The Knight runner just made it to the bag, then stepped off and Chou tagged him.
Coral Shores' offense finished with six hits, Chou and Falcucci with two each. Lima and Goodwin had one.