WESLEY CHAPEL — Even though he did not get the decision, Wesley Chapel pitcher Chase Ingram was on the wrong end of a 7-6, eight-inning loss the last time he faced Class 5A, District 8 rival Ridgewood.
The senior right-hander reversed that outcome Friday at home.
Ingram (4-0) scattered three hits, struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter in the Wildcats’ 3-1 win. That came exactly one week after the team’s ace tossed a perfect game against Gulf.
“He’s earning respect,” Wesley Chapel coach Chuck Yingling said of Ingram, a Hillsborough Community College signee. “He’s got confidence in himself. When it gets tough, he gets tougher.”
Wesley Chapel (8-4, 7-2) halted a two-game skid with the win over Ridgewood (8-7, 6-2), which has lost two straight.
Both teams scored in the first inning with the Wildcats getting the go-ahead run in the second in the same fashion they got their first run. Kyle Custer led off the second with a single and scored on a Hayden Sayers groundout. In the first, K.J. Bierly hit a leadoff single and scored on Jared Crescentini’s groundout.
“When you play a game like that, it’s who does the little things well,” Yingling said.
He could have added knowing when to go to his bench. In the third, Custer singled and raced home when Avery O’Kane came through with a pinch-hit triple to right-centerfield.
“He’s very confident coming off the bench,” Yingling said.
Ridgewood got its lone run in its first at-bat. Tim Osborne hit a one-out single, stole second and raced home on Tyler Vito’s opposite-field hit. Rightfielder John Nickisher made a high throw and Osborne just got in under the tag of catcher Brandon McLeod.