Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ridgeview Blanks Lee High 9-0

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ridgeview Blanks Lee High 9-0

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Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer

Ridgeview High School pitcher Chris Cerge got his first win of the season in impressive style Tuesday, shutting out visiting Lee while limiting the Generals to just a pair of hits in 4 2/3 innings.

The 9-0 final showed that Ridgeview is one of the top teams in District 6-4A and that coach Bob Adamson's Panthers are capable of providing offensive support for a pitching staff that will grow more solid in the coming weeks.

Ryan Howell and Sean Sayers have joined the team now that the basketball season is over, and the two seniors round out a pitching roster that includes sophomores Corey West and Jason Fritz, juniors Clint Pullen and Ryan Hayes, and senior Shawn Moss.

Fritz, who got his first win in relief for 2-0 Ridgeview last week, pitched the final 2 1/3 innings against Lee. He allowed only one hit to preserve the shut out after the Panthers scored four runs in each of the second and fourth innings to help build a 9-0 lead.

Shane Dunn led Ridgeview's 11-hit attack with two hits and two RBI in three appearances, and Kevin McClure added one RBI on a pair of base hits. Hayes added a double in a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

"We're going to be aggressive on the bases," said Adamson, whose team finished with six stolen bases. "We want to make teams make plays against us."

Though Lee is young and not expected to contend for the district title, Adamson said he was impressed with Cerge's performance, which included eight strikeouts and no walks.

"He had a good day," Adamson said. "He threw the ball real well. He got his breaking ball over and he was able to locate his fastball."

MANDARIN NO-HITS OP

Mandarin sophomore Chase Anderson threw 88 pitches -- 56 of them for strikes -- in tossing a no-hitter against host Orange Park in a District 1-6A game Tuesday night at Orange Park.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander finished with eight strikeouts and one walk to lift the Mustangs to 3-0 on the season while handing Orange Park its second loss in four games.

Anderson's work spoiled an otherwise strong performance on the mound by Orange Park's Justin Geiger, who gave up one earned run and three hits through seven solid innings. …

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