Windermere High, The First Academy win baseball district championships

The Wolverines topped Olympia High, 5-1, to claim the Class 7A, District 5 title and the Royals beat Foundation Academy, 4-2, for the 2A, District 7 crown.

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Both Windermere High and The First Academy won their respective baseball district championships on Thursday, May 2. 

For the Wolverines (24-3), to bring home the Class 7A, District 5 title they topped Olympia High (17-10) by a score of 5-1. Senior outfielder Ty Head went 2-for-3 from the plate, with a run and RBI, while seniors Gabriel Rodriguez, Juan Lopez and Aidan Reyes each drove in a run. 

On the mound for Windermere, junior Connor Fink allowed just one run and three hits in his five innings pitched and took home the win; improving his record to 7-0 on the season. 

This district title is the second championship of the season for Windermere, after claiming a third-straight Metro Conference championship in April. 

In Class 2A, The Royals (21-6) brought home the District 7 crown after beating rivals Foundation Academy (25-4), 4-2. 

Juniors Austin Pierzynski Blake Fields and Remo Indomenico were vital to getting TFA the win. Pierzynski went 2-for-2 at the plate, with a sacrifice fly, and knocked in two runs. Indomenico went 2-for-3 and scored two runs for the Royals, while Fields also went 2-for-3 from the plate, scored two runs and drove in one more run. 

Senior Zack Hopper led the Royals from the mound, pitching five innings and only allowing the Lions to get two hits and one run. Hopper also had five strikeouts in the matchup. 

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