NEW PORT RICHEY — Since going 1-2 in the Saladino Tournament, Wesley Chapel has been on a hot streak with a 5-1 run.
The streak continued Thursday with a 7-0 win over Central to claim the 5A, District 7 crown.
"We have just played really good ball ever since Saladino," Wesley Chapel coach Chuck Yingling said.
And really good ball includes great defense, which the Wildcats (12-14) put on display by making only one error. Starting pitcher Jeremy Thompson pitched a gem on only 66 pitches, allowing three hits over seven innings.
"Everything was just working for me tonight," Thompson said. "This year we were able to do it. I was pretty confident tonight and we came through tonight."
The crucial inning was the sixth. The Bears (12-12) had two outs but let the Wildcats load the bases. Central allowed four hits and a hit batter turned a 1-0 game into a 7-0 game.
Central's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the second when Kevin Gibbemeyer singled and reached second base, but he was thrown out trying to steal third.
6A-8: Durant can't topple top seed
EAST BAY — Durant knew it would have to put together a near-perfect performance to defeat top-seeded Lakeland.
The opportunities were there for Durant to dethrone Lakeland, but the Cougars couldn't take advantage in a 4-1 loss.
Lakeland starting pitcher Josh Lucas finished with four strikeouts and two hits allowed.