HAZELWOOD • Devin Williams was nearly perfect when he faced

Hazelwood Central a week ago and threw a no-hit shutout against the Hawks.

So, it could have been unsettling when Central’s first hitter, Deon Frank, hit a rope up the middle for a single vs. the Hazelwood West ace in the Class 5 District 6 final at the Hazelwood Sports Complex on Wednesday. Williams wasn’t bothered, though.

“I figured they would have made adjustments because I faced them a week ago,” Williams said. “It’s always tougher the second time around.”

It was indeed tougher for the senior standout this time against the Hawks. However, the right-handed Mizzou recruit repeatedly worked himself out of jams and he got some good defense behind him as he and the Wildcats again shut out the Hawks -- this time 1-0 -- to successfully defend their 2012 district title.

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