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Wiregrass far from perfect but still dominating

WESLEY CHAPEL — After Tuesday's game, Wiregrass Ranch coach Jeff Swymer told his players they had left a lot out on the field against River Ridge.

And what Swymer really meant was his team left a lot of runs off the scoreboard, but nonetheless capitalized on numerous River Ridge errors en route to a 10-3 victory and improved to 3-0 in Class 4A, District 8.

"We had some chances early to really put the game away," Swymer said. "When you get a team down like that you want to push across as many as you can, and I feel we left something out there."

In the first inning, River Ridge (2-1) took its only lead off a fielder's choice that scored Taylor Rish. Wiregrass (3-1) answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs, as centerfielder Josh Johnson singled home James Owens and Spencer Bowles scored on a fielder's choice.

The Bulls would sail after the first inning, tagging on another run in the second and two more in the third. Wiregrass also benefited from good pitching, as starter John Gant (10 strikeouts) and relief pitcher Ryan Cunius combined for seven innings of work and only three runs allowed.

"(Wiregrass) has never really competed for the district title and that was a goal of ours this season, to compete. And starting off 3-0 in the district is huge for our team," Swymer said.

Wiregrass far from perfect but still dominating 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:22pm]
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