WESLEY CHAPEL – The best way to describe Friday’s baseball season opener at Cypress Creek High School comes from a quote by Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
After one, two, three innings in the first by both teams, Coyotes pitcher Ethan Petry ran into control problems in the second. The Wildcat surge actually began with a strike out when Brenden Maddox ended up on third base after a wild pitch and missed ball by catcher Ray Camacho. Three subsequent walks and a hit batsman led to a 2-0 Wesley Chapel lead. A sacrifice fly, another hit batter and a fielder’s choice gave the Wildcats a 4-0 advantage after two innings.
Wildcats lefty starter, Ethan Jones, was lifted after four scoreless innings in favor of Maddox who allowed 2 runs in the fifth.
Anthony Zurita, who came in to relieve Petry in the fourth slowed the Wildcat momentum with scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth.
Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Cypress Creek began their comeback. Maddox walked the first three batters in the inning and was lifted for relief pitcher Austin Coultas. After a Wildcat error the big blow came with two outs when Matt Snyder tripled to right field to give the Coyotes a 7-6 lead. A pass ball added one more ending the inning with a two-run, 8-6 Cypress Creek advantage.
The Wildcat seventh began with a Zach Showalter walk, a flyout, a Thomas Byron walk, a lineout and an AJ Pabon walk loading the bases with two down. The next hitter, the pitcher Coultas, tripled to right, clearing the bases to put Wesley Chapel back on top 9-8.
Coultas returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh for a one, two, three-inning closing out the game and notching the win for Wesley Chapel