After winning its first two games of the season, against Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills, Mitchell lost its next games against area powers River Ridge and East Lake.
The result of those back-to-back losses? A five-game winning streak heading into Thursday night's matchup against district rival Sunlake. The Mustangs continued their winning ways by piling up 13 hits and taking advantage of several Seahawks errors in a 14-5 victory in a Class 6A-District 10 matchup.
"It was just one of those games where we hit the ball hard," Mitchell coach Scott Bisbe said. "We had some hits and moved up some runners. We just were able to put the bat on the ball and made some things happen. Jordan (Fowler) threw a pretty good game tonight, and we got out of here."
In the first inning, the Mustangs cranked out four runs on four hits, highlighted by a single from Kelsi Vanderveer that drove in Madison Stanilou and Cassidy Neptune. Heading into the bottom of the third, the Mustangs were up 7-0.
Stanilou was taken out early to rest a sore knee, but Fowler seemed to have things under control. Fowler struck out five and pitched a complete game for the Mustangs (8-2, 4-1).
Sunlake (4-6, 1-3) could never seem to get that huge inning to get back into the contest, with the bottom of the fifth being the Seahawks' best opportunity. The Seahawks loaded the bases, and Danielle Micciche (3-for-4 with a double) drove in Stephanie Frances, and Caroline Byrd drove in a run of her own. Three runs was all Sunlake could bring in, as the bases were left loaded.
"We're still behind at this point," Sunlake coach Nelson Garcia said. "We're working hard right now, but we're young. We start two freshmen and they're doing a good job. We lost some good players from last year."
Garcia said sophomore starter Kelsey Taylor will likely miss the rest of the season with an injury.