GIBSONTON — East Bay clinched the top seed in Class 6A, District 8 on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Plant City (17-4).
Kayla Cox pitched a complete-game shutout to earn the victory. She finished with eight strikeouts while giving up only four hits.
"I wanted first place really bad," Cox said. "Our team has worked so hard this season and I think you saw how it has paid off today. I kept trying to dig deep and just throw."
The first four innings were scoreless, with each team watching opportunities to score go awry as both pitchers kept the opposing offense at bay.
In the bottom of the fifth the Indians (12-8) took the lead after a walk and two singles loaded the bases. Sierra Rock hit a fly ball into shallow leftfield that scored all three runners.
"I've been giving Rock a hard time (about her hitting)," East Bay coach Glenn Rodriguez said. "She went up there and surprised me a bit with that slap. I've seen her hit the fence before with that type of swing but I didn't expect her to slap at it in this case."
Rodriguez was pleased with his team's effort in the field as Cox's strikeout total was not as high as usual.
"Kayla has been giving us 12 strikeouts a game but tonight she didn't have that many," Rodriguez said. "I thought we played very well defensively, which was good to see because we had some young kids in the lineup tonight."
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