TAMPA — Chamberlain starter Alex Hartshorn threw a complete game, allowing only two hits and one runner to reach second base while striking out eight in a 3-0 win over Pinellas Park (19-9) Tuesday.
But for the Class 5A, District 10 champs, the outcome was a disappointment. The Chiefs (23-4) left the bases loaded in the second and third innings, stranded eight base runners in six innings and managed only five hits against starter Sara Nevins.
"We played uninspired, very drab and if you don't play with more energy than that, your season is going to end," Chamberlain coach Bob Diez said.
Chamberlain's first run came in the second as Kaitlyn Diaz was the second straight hitter hit by a pitch and Stephanie Medina broke the game open in the fourth with an RBI double to center. Medina has excelled since being moved from sixth to third in the batting order seven games ago.
"That has put me in better situations and I think that's been the difference," Medina said. "But honestly, I hit where Coach puts me."
If the Chiefs want to claim their second state championship since 2003, more intensity is necessary.
"We definitely need to come out with better intensity the entire game," catcher Mary Kate Smith said. "We didn't come out ready to play and that showed."