Baseball: Mitchell offense finds higher gear

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Mon. March 14, 2011 | Andy Villamarzo

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mitchell’s bats have come alive as of late, totaling 43 runs in its past three contests, and the margin of victory seems to be rising.

The Mustangs on Monday night faced a Pasco squad that was motivated after a 13-1 loss to Mitchell on Friday. But Mitchell’s hitting lately seems to be too much for any opponent, as it racked up 17 hits in an 11-7 win over Pasco in a quarterfinal matchup at the Pasco County Varsity Baseball Tournament.

“Our hitters have confidence right now,” Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox said. “You hit the ball like we’ve been hitting it these past couple days, it takes a lot of pressure off our defense and a lot of pressure off our pitchers. The back side of our lineup has been the difference the past couple games.”

Pasco (5-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, highlighted by a deep home run from Cole Stancil in the top of the first inning.

But the Pirates’ lead wouldn’t last.

Mitchell’s Eddie Goscicki, Patrick DeJesus and Cobi Johnson, the Nos. 7-8-9 hitters, went 6-for-11 with one RBI but provided the spark. The Mustangs (10-2) blew open the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they batted around and scored five runs off five hits, an error and a walk.

After the fourth inning, with Mitchell in the driver’s seat leading 10-3, the Mustangs put the game on pitcher Kevin Games’ left arm as the 5-foot-7 senior pitched a complete game and allowed only four hits and struck out six.

In the earlier games at Wiregrass Ranch, Ridgewood edged Sunlake 6-5 and Wiregrass Ranch cruised past Hudson 14-1.

Today's schedule at Wiregrass Ranch

Consolation bracket

Sunlake vs. Zephyrhills, 1 p.m.

Fivay vs. Pasco, 4 p.m.

Winners bracket

Wiregrass Ranch vs. Mitchell, 7 p.m.

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