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Updated: 02/22/2013 07:58:56PM

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Charlotte High School picher Chaz Richards checks a Port Charlotte baserunner back to first during Thursday's game in Punta Gorda. The Tarpons beat the Pirates 5-3.

SUN PHOTO BY KAT GODINA Port Charlotte's Daniel Rafter runs behind Charlotte's Geoffrey Saine during Thursdays game at Charlotte

By Dawn Klemish

Sun Correspondent

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PUNTA GORDA — For Charlotte High School, Thursday night’s 5-3 win marked a home-opening victory and a move to a winning record. For Port Charlotte, the crosstown rivalry was another disappointment in a short season of frustration.

The Tarpons used two big hits in a four-run third inning to take the lead for good, but had to rely on good defense and clutch pitching to weather a nailbiter in the final two innings.

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