Wiregrass Ranch’s first region playoff berth is something coach Jeff Swymer and his Bulls will never forget. Unfortunately, Friday’s 6-0 region final loss at Venice was not the way they were hoping to cap the season. The Bulls struggled against Venice starter Tyson Albert, but Swymer said the Indians ran out a string of solid pitchers who kept his team’s bats quiet. “That’s a team with four D-I players, and they kept coming at us all game,” Swymer said. The Bulls did not get a hit until the sixth, when Austin Drury singled to lead off the inning, and Wiregrass Ranch (20-10) couldn’t make the hit or Venice’s four errors count.
“I think our youth showed early,” Swymer said. “We’ve never been there, and we played like that with the lights looking a little brighter and our eyes a little bigger.” Venice (27-3), the defending 7A state champion and top-ranked team in the state, got things started with a double from Mike Rivera that drove in Dalton Guthrie (both University of Florida commits) in the first inning. The Indians added another run in the second on a fielder’s choice before adding a pair of runs in the third.