LUTZ — The Steinbrenner High School baseball team's perfect start has been punctuated with a perfect game.
Pitcher Nick Sucarichi retired all 15 batters while throwing a five-inning no-hitter against Gaither in an 11-0 win last week. Sucarichi, a senior left-hander, struck out four in the win, Steinbrenner's seventh straight to open the season.
The Warriors have opened Class 7A, District 9 play with three straight wins. During their hot start, they have outscored opponents 72-7, including 35-2 in district play.
During the rout against rival Gaither, junior Cole Gordon backed up Sucarichi's outstanding pitching by going 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI. Junior Kevin Merrell went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and senior Jesse Haney added a solo homer.
Steinbrenner spent this week at the Saladino Tournament and returns to regular season play Tuesday at home against Freedom.
Freedom girls track is off and running
The Freedom girls track squad has opened the season strong with victories at the Charles Johnson Invitational and Nash Higgins Relays.
The Patriots have been led by senior Sandra Akachukwu, who will run track collegiately at Western Kentucky. Akachukwu took first place in the high jump and long jump at both meets. She also placed in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
Akachukwu was named Top Female Athlete at the Johnson Invitational.
Ranked Wildcats lose 12-inning thriller
Wharton's stellar start to the softball season hit a speed bump last week as the Wildcats lost 1-0 to Bloomingdale in 12 innings.
The loss sent Wharton (7-1) down three spots in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Rankings.
In the loss, Wharton sophomore pitcher Mak Dooley pitched all 12 innings, allowing five hits and striking out 17 batters.
Wharton's next regular season game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Durant.
Carrollwood Day coach wins No. 100
Carrollwood Day School baseball coach Nick Rodriguez recently celebrated a milestone.
Rodriguez won his 100th career game as the Patriots topped Santa Fe Catholic 11-1 last week. Sophomore pitcher Alex Gionis threw a four-hitter as Carrollwood Day pounded out 13 hits in the rout. Gionis is now 1-1 on the season.
CDS (5-3) followed that win with an 8-6 victory against Bishop McLaughlin, the Patriots' third win in their last four games.
Carrollwood Day plays at Northside Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.