WESLEY CHAPEL — When the two aces squared off, the less heralded one shined.
Zach Drury struck out eight and drove in a run, and Ryan Girard drove in two more as Wiregrass Ranch improved to 6-0 with a 4-1 win against Mitchell on Friday.
The Mustangs (3-3) sent one of the area’s top pitchers, Cobi Johnson, to the mound, and the Florida State commitment gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four in his second start this season.
“That’s how you win games — you have to beat the good pitchers out there,” Bulls first-year coach Marshall McDougall said. “(Johnson) has all the right tools for a good player, but every time Zach has gone out there, he’s impressed me more and more. I’m going to throw him as much as I can this year without hurting him.”
Drury struck out the first seven batters he faced, and the Bulls built a 3-0 lead by the bottom of the second with RBI singles by Michael Campoamor, Girard and Drury.
Drury (3-0) had been looking forward to facing Johnson (0-1) most of his high-school career, and seeing several major-league scouts with radar guns at the game pumped him up.
“I loved seeing them there — really made me want to play well,” the North Florida commitment said. “6-0 is a surprising start, only because we had a new coach and we didn’t know how well we’d mesh.”