NEW PORT RICHEY — The look on Calvin Baisley's face was one of frustration Wednesday night, as Wesley Chapel snapped Land O'Lakes' four-year run of reaching the playoffs with a 4-1 victory to advance to tonight's 5A, District 7 title game against Central.
"We could not throw strikes and could not field a bunt," the Gators coach said. "They threw strikes and we didn't. We made errors and they didn't.
"It has been the same problem all year."
Mistakes were the Achilles' heel for Land O'Lakes all night, as the Gators committed three errors.
The last error was the most crucial when in the top of the fourth inning Gators starting pitcher Jason Garcia threw high over first baseman Nick Pardo, which allowed Jeremy Thompson to score from second base, giving Wesley Chapel a 2-1 lead.
Wesley Chapel (11-14) tagged on another run in the inning.
The Gators struggled at the plate, collecting only five hits with the lone run coming on Austin Costa's home run in the bottom of the third inning.
Wildcats starter Brandon Mumaw and Christian Illing combined for seven innings and five strikeouts.
"Intensity has been there," Wesley Chapel coach Chuck Yingling said. "Some of the young kids out here have taken over and become leaders."