WESLEY CHAPEL — Mitchell turned a close game into a rout that ended by the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday, as the Mustangs earned a 14-4 win over Pasco for the Class 4A, District 7 championship.
The Mustangs (22-6) entered the sixth with a 5-4 lead. Nine runs later, they staked claim to their first district title since 2005 and the first for fourth-year coach Scott Wilcox.
“I think when it came down to it, we had guys coming through when we needed it,” Wilcox said. “It’s all about our hitters stepping up to the challenge.”
Mitchell wound up with 13 hits, including six in its final at-bat. Gavin Hunt clinched it with a two-run single that plated P.J. DeJesus and Ryan Gilmore to end the game. Hunt had an RBI single earlier in the inning, which was highlighted by Kevin Games’ three-run triple.
Pasco (13-12) struck first with three runs in the first inning. The Pirates had three of their seven hits in that frame with Tyler Brock driving in a run with a double and scoring on Clint Tedder’s groundout.
But Mitchell came back with three runs in the second on a Jordan Dietsch RBI single and sacrifice fly by Gilmore. Both teams also each had an unearned run in those innings.
In the third, it was Mitchell’s turn to go ahead and Pasco tied it in the fourth. The Mustangs’ run came on Games’ run-scoring single and the Pirates scored on Cole Stancil’s RBI single.
Mitchell went ahead for good in the fifth when DeJesus drove in Deitsch, who doubled. Each team used three pitchers with Eric Bracy earning the win and Jesse Pavek taking the loss.