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Mon. March 11, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

Wesley Chapel senior ace Chase Ingram’s perfect game against Gulf last week was just his latest pitching gem. The week before, Ingram struck out 17 batters in a quality 4-1 win over Fivay.

Ingram is only one part of a recent string of strong pitching performances (baseball and softball) in the North Suncoast. Here’s a quick look at some of the best showings so far:

Owen Sarwatka, Academy at the Lakes baseball: The senior threw first perfect game Tuesday in a 13-0 win over Tampa Bay Christian.

Christian Northrup, River Ridge baseball: The 6-foot senior threw a no-hitter in Thursday’s 6-1 win over Central. He allowed one earned run and walked six batters but struck out nine for his first victory of the season. Northrup has posted a 3.82 ERA in two appearances.

Sunlake baseball: Junior David Castillo and senior Travis Doyel combined to throw the first no-hitter in Seahawks history on March 4. Castillo struck out 11 Sharks in the 10-2 victory over Anclote. Doyel closed out the win by allowing only one walk in the final three innings.

Blaine Duncan, Pasco baseball: The 6-foot senior allowed only one hit in Friday’s 3-0 win over a strong Ridgewood team. Duncan struck out a season-high 15 batters to even the Pirates’ record at 4-4 and lower his ERA to 1.21 in 17.1 innings.

Madison Morlan, Gulf softball: The junior ace struck out 12 batters and allowed only one earned run in Tuesday’s impressive 7-1 victory over Fivay. Morlan has allowed six earned runs in 54.2 innings.

Sydney Boynton, Academy at the Lakes softball: The Wildcats senior carried a perfect game through five innings but had to settle for a complete game shutout in Thursday’s 8-0 win over Hernando Christian. She allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 12 batters to improve to 5-1.

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