Courtney Mirabella struck out 17 and tossed a three-hitter to lead Braden River to a key 3-1 Class 7A-District 11 victory over visiting Manatee on Friday night.
It was the third highest strikeout total for the Bradenton Herald reigning Player of The Year. The junior right hander's all time high is 21 strikeouts in an 11 inning game and 18 in a seven inning contest.
The Pirates are undefeated in district play and 9-1 overall with their only defeat coming to Bartow, which is ranked first in the state and third nationally by MaxPreps.
Mirabella struck out 18 against last year's Class 4A State champion Eau Gaille and had 21 against Naples Barron Collier in last year's region tournament.