Wesley Chapel, Pasco advance in baseball
DADE CITY NEW PORT RICHEY - All Blaine Duncan needed to do was throw strikes. The rest came easy. Pasco (19-8) easily defeated Fivay 10-0 in five innings in the Class 5A-District 8 semifinals, while the Pirates senior ace needed just 61 pitches for a one-hit shutout against the Falcons (11-16). “I have no worries when I go out on the mound,” said Duncan (7-0), who struck out five Wednesday and now has 93 on the season. “I have a great defense and offense, so all I have to do is my job.” Duncan allowed a leadoff single to T.J. Niles, then retired 15 straight.The top-seeded Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead after sending eight to the plate in the first, then extended that lead to 6-0 by the second. A.J. Rainaldi led the way, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Lane Stancil was also 2-for-3 and scored three times. Logan Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 10-0. Pasco faces Wesley Chapel in Friday’s championship in a rematch after splitting the season series. In the first semifinal, Wesley Chapel ace Chase Ingram needed only 83 pitches to throw a five-hit 2-0 shutout against Ridgewood (14-10). “He’s been very consistent and mentally tough for us on the mound,” Wildcats coach Chuck Yingling said. “I didn’t even say anything to him. I just let him have the ball.” The top two teams in Class 6A-District 10 put on impressive displays at Mitchell High to advance to the district championship. In the opener, Land O’ Lakes breezed past Sunlake 10-0, thanks to a three-hit shutout by Zach Whittaker. Whittaker fanned six batters and only walked one. He helped his own cause at the plate, with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs. His RBI double in the bottom of the third followed three-consecutive doubles by the Gators, which made the score 5-0, and the Gators cruised from there. In the second game, which was a battle of ace pitchers, Mitchell blew open a close game late to defeat River Ridge 11-1. For the Mustangs, Cobi Johnson struck out eight and scattered five hits over six innings. Marcus Begg did the offensive damage for the Mustangs against standout River Ridge pitcher Jason Heinrich. Begg had two doubles, a single and three RBIs. Mitchell is set to face Land O’ Lakes tonight at 7:30 in the final.