WESLEY CHAPEL — It might have seemed like the Zach and Austin Drury Show, but the game was far from it.
“We have a solid lineup throughout,” first-year Wiregrass Ranch High baseball coach Marshall McDougall said. “We are not a two-man team by any means.”
Indeed, many in the lineup contributed for the Bulls (4-0, 2-0 Class 7A-District 8) as they downed Steinbrenner 4-2 on Friday night.
Coming into the game, the Warriors (3-1, 1-1) were outscoring opponents 37-1, but the pitching combination of Austin Drury followed by older brother Zach, and timely hitting kept Steinbrenner’s potent lineup that features two future Division I bats (Kevin Merrell, South Florida; Cole Gordon, Mississippi State) at bay.
Austin pitched 3ª innings, throwing 73 pitches, before Zach worked the remainder of the game. The Drurys allowed five hits and struck out seven.
“We all know (Steinbrenner is) one of the best teams in the area, but I’ve always told them that if they do what they’re supposed to do and not try to do too much, then we’ll win ballgames,” McDougall said. “It’s when you do something you’re not supposed to do when things get messed up.”
The Bulls started off right when Zach Drury hit a solo homer to center field in the first, but Steinbrenner tied it in the second when Alex Hanson scored on a passed ball. Wiregrass added three runs in the third with successive RBI singles by Alex Fernandez, Logan Place and Ryan Girard.
“We’ve got a whole lineup of guys who can contribute,” McDougall said.
Jackson Cornielus made a great play in foul territory, and Zach Drury turned in a stellar bare-handed play off the mound for Wiregrass Ranch.
“Teams know what the Drurys can do,” McDougall said. “Soon they’ll see what the rest of the team can do as well.”