For a pitcher, an outstanding defense can mean the difference between a win and a loss.
For Shorecrest's Chris Kinter, it meant the senior's first no-hitter.
Kinter showed command of his fastball and slider, inducing several ground-ball outs in a 13-0 win over Keswick Christian (1-7).
"He looked very good tonight," Shorecrest coach Don Reed said. "He threw strikes and had a real nice slider. There wasn't a ball hit out of the infield."
Kinter wasn't overpowering, but he threw the ball over the plate and let his defense do the rest.
"We hit him quite a bit, actually, but their infield, particularly their third baseman, made a lot of plays," Keswick coach Josh Zabloski said.
Robby Thigpen launched a three-run home run in the second inning to put the Chargers ahead 6-0. Shorecrest (5-4) scored five more in the third.
Northside Christian 20,
Admiral Farragut 3
The host Mustangs (6-4) exploded for nine runs in the first inning, and Cam Eller had five RBIs. Dalton Hughes, an eighth-grader, got his first varsity hit with a single in the fourth.
The Mustangs' Kevin Burkett (2-0) pitched four innings, giving up just one earned run against the Blue Jackets (1-5).
Northeast 17, Gibbs 2
The host Vikings broke it open with six runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth. Alexis Dillahunty struck out six in three innings for the Vikings (4-4). The Gladiators fell to 0-5.
Northside Christian 4,
Bishop McLaughlin 1
Stephanie Bonalewicz (2-0) pitched a four-hitter for the host Mustangs (8-1), who scored three in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Hurricanes (0-6) got a run in the seventh.
Acad. of the Holy Names 10,
Clearwater Central Catholic 4
Becky Vyzas doubled in the fifth and later scored to break a tie at 4 and tripled in the sixth, bringing home two runs for the host Jaguars (7-1). Alex Valdez tripled in the sixth to drive in another run for the Jaguars. The Marauders fell to 4-5.
St. Petersburg Catholic 9,
Tampa Catholic 4
The Barons led 5-4 before scoring four in the sixth. In that inning, they had just one hit, but three walks and an error led to their runs. The Crusaders (4-3) had 10 walks total. Chloe Saganowich picked up her eight victory of the year against no losses for the Barons (8-0).