LUTZ – Zack Drury tossed seven strong innings to guide Wiregrass Ranch past fading Steinbrenner, 4-1 in eight innings on Feb. 22.
Drury (1-0, 1.27 ERA) walked four batters, but finished with five strikeouts as the Bulls (4-0) held the Warriors (1-3) to just three hits in 24 at-bats in their first district win of the season.
Steinbrenner pitcher Chris Williams (1-0, 1.17 ERA) earned the no-decision and saw his streak of no earned runs allowed come to an end. It dated back to April 5 of last season.
The Warriors offense couldn’t keep pace with Wiregrass as the Bulls struck first in the fourth inning. Drury hit a long fly ball to left field and drove in teammate Michael Barrone from third base on a sacrifice fly.
Steinbrenner wouldn’t lay down for long, scoring its first run in two games, when first baseman Chase Turner brought home second baseman Christian Diaz on a base hit up the middle in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.
The two teams would duke it out until the eighth inning, when Warriors junior reliever Danny Rodriguez gave up a three RBI triple to Mike Campomore, scoring the eventual winning runs.
Williams finished with 7.0 innings pitched, an earned run, one walk and six strikeouts.
The Warriors host Wesley Chapel on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Jeff Odom / Sports Editor