PALMETTO -- Lakewood Ranch combined clutch pitching, timely hitting and a solid defense to earn to a 4-0 victory over Palmetto on Tuesday night in a Class 7A-District 10 baseball quarterfinal.
The victory sends the Mustangs on the road to the district semifinal, where they will meet top seed Sarasota at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Colton Chump (3-2) started for Lakewood Ranch (10-13) and went five innings. He allowed seven hits, five walks and struck out five. Justin Fischer finished, giving up only a walk in two innings.
Cameron Pearcey led the Mustangs' offense with three hits, and Andrew Giddens drove in two runs with a single and a bases-loaded walk. The teams split during the regular season.
"Colton did a nice job of giving us five innings and getting the job done. He worked the counts and did a good job of keeping the ball in play," Lakewood Ranch coach Ryan Kennedy said. "We always preach good pitching, good defense and timely hitting will win you a lot of games."
Lakewood Ranch scored its first run in the fourth on Giddens' RBI single that scored Justin Greenaway who reached on a fielder's choice after a single by Pearcey.
The Mustangs added two
in the fifth. Justin Otis led off the inning with a double, and Lakewood Ranch loaded the bases on a single by Shane Zipperer and a bunt single by Pearcey. Greenaway had an RBI single, and Giddens drew a bases-loaded walk.
Lakewood Ranch finished the scoring in the seventh when Pearcey singled and came across on a double by Matt Roberts.
Tyler Bench (6-3) went the distance for Palmetto, which had runners on base in every inning but couldn't push across a run. The Tigers end their season at 13-12.
"This game was pretty much how our season went," Palmetto head coach Phil Olson said. "We got men on base and got guys in scoring position, but couldn't get them in. Our pitching and defense was pretty good tonight."
Palmetto returns five position players next season, including its shortstop, third baseman and second baseman, along with two outfielders.
"Our team batting average is about .215, but our on-base percentage this year is like about .420, and that is a big contrast," Olson said. "We've been getting people in scoring position, but haven't been able to get them in. Lakewood Ranch got the hits to get the people in and did a good job of executing."