For the first time in school history Nease is headed to the Class 7A baseball championship game. Runs were hard to come by in Wednesday’s state semifinals. Kyle Huber’s triple in the sixth inning set up the winning run for the Panthers as they slipped past Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 2-1.
The third time proved to be the charm for Nease, after failing to advance to the championship game in two previous trips to the final four. The Panthers got strong performances from both starter Eric Linder and his defense. Nease escaped a bases loaded jam in the 4th that kept the score tied at one. Linder pitched six innings giving up only one run thanks in large part to a defense that came up with several great stops in the field.
Thursday’s state championship takes place at 7:35 p.m. Nease will face the winner of Wednesday night’s game between Tampa King and Naples Gulf Coast.