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Central wins 5A-7 District Championship

By: Danny Aiello Jr

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Even though both Central and Wesley Chapel had regional berths locked up, there was a district title and home field advantage at stake Friday at the Bears’ Den in Brooksville.

When the dust had settled, tournament-host Central emerged as the 5A-7 champions, with their 14-6 win over Wesley Chapel.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind RBI’s from Colton Bierly, Jovani Diaz and KJ Bierly.

Wesley Chapel starter Chris Ryan, who was perfect through four innings, got into a sticky situation in the top of the fifth, when Central loaded the bases with nobody out.

Justin Chevalier would rip an RBI single, before Pedro Pantaleon would deliver a bases-clearing pinch-hit double putting Central up 4-3.

After Ryan exited, Aaron Hoyte came in for Wesley Chapel, but couldn’t record an out before walking Zach Sorrentino and allowing a two-run single to Thomas Sorrentino extending the Bears lead to 7-3.

By the time the top of the fifth was over, it was 11-3 in favor of the Bears who sent 15 batters to the plate.

With a close game turned into a laugher, Wesley Chapel would score three more runs, cutting it to 11-6, before the Bears tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, making it 14-6.

When Scott Dwyer recorded the final out, the dugout exploded as Central won their first district title since 2002.

Up next for the Bears is a home regional quarterfinal, as they host 5A-8 runner-up Dunedin.

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  • What a rather scintillating article. Bloody fine work Daniel

    Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:39 pm

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