Strawberry Crest 9, Middleton 0
Wharton 8, Chamberlain 4
Pitchers of the day
Strawberry Crest starter Mark Moclair made the most of his three innings: nine batters, nine strikeouts, including five straight called third strikes. The Chargers' Harold Welch and Roberto Garcia preserved perfection until Kameron Lewis' leadoff single in the seventh broke up the no-hit bid. … Chamberlain reliever Chad Reeves retired the first eight batters he faced, giving up just two hits and an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings to allow the Chiefs to cut a seven-run deficit to three.
Hitters of the day
Strawberry Crest No. 9 hitter Flabio Garcia had a double, single and two RBIs. … Wharton No. 9 hitter Logan Storts had a two-run double and Alex Broderick had a two-run single in a seven-run first inning.
Defensive gem of the day
Strawberry Crest second baseman Matt Collado tracked Carlos Rodriguez's soft liner into center and made a beautiful diving catch in the fifth.
Did you know?
Wharton's offense has been feast or famine this year. The Wildcats, who use as many as five freshman in the starting lineup, mustered just 12 hits in their five losses, including being no-hit by Steinbrenner. But in three victories, Wharton has rolled up 29 hits.
"Mark showed signs that he can be dominant on the mound. That's not something I might have said in August, but he's worked his butt off and is doing well." — Strawberry Crest coach Eric Beattie after Moclair's nine-batter, nine-strikeout start.
"During the team meeting after the game, I found out I've been bumped up to No. 2 starter. I'm determined to do my best after (Saturday), yes, sir." — Reeves after his long relief stint in a loss to Wharton.
By Chuck Frye, Times correspondent