Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball: Wesley Chapel 5, Ridgewood 1

NEW PORT RICHEY — Wesley Chapel's Matt Wynne had a little bit of motivation going into his start versus Ridgewood Tuesday night.

Wynne's uncle, Pete Wynne, played for Ridgewood coach Larry Beets back in the '90s and his family reminded him of the history they had with the Rams. That past helped motivate Wynne to throw a complete game, 90-pitch performance to lift the Wildcats (8-0) to a 5-1 victory over the Rams.

"Rivalry with Ridgewood started when I found out my uncle played for the Rams," Wynne said.

"It's been a rivalry thing ever since and I always want to pitch well against them. My uncle actually kind of fired me up about this game."

The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead after senior Geoff Degroot singled in junior Zach White from second base. The Rams (3-5) tied the score in the bottom of the second, as senior Ricky Handschumacher scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mettler.

But the Rams did not produce anymore offense, as Wynne limited Ridgewood to five hits and struck out four on the night. Wesley Chapel opened up the game in the top of the sixth inning when Rams starter Austin Tolle walked the first two batters of the inning and the Wildcats capitalized off the walks and score two runs to take a 4-1 lead.

"It's a huge win because we have now played pretty much all the strong teams in our district and played well versus all of them," Wesley Chapel coach Chuck Yingling said.

"When those teams come to play us in district, I think that puts a little bit of pressure on everyone else."

Baseball: Wesley Chapel 5, Ridgewood 1 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 11:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  2. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.

  4. FSU rallies to win ACC baseball tournament


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cheered up by Florida State teammates after an error-prone moment, Drew Mendoza repaid his team with two bigger moments that helped the Seminoles hoist another trophy.

    Florida State’s baseball team celebrates its ACC baseball tournament championship after the Seminoles rally to defeat North Carolina 7-3 in the final.
  5. Rays at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Monday, Arlington, Texas

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Rangers

    8:05, Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Erasmo Ramirez #30 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)