DADE CITY — Bitter district rivals Pasco and Zephyrhills squared off Friday in a slugfest that lasted 31/2 hours and featured 10 pitchers.
The Bulldogs outlasted the host Pirates, rallying from four runs down with six runs in the sixth inning for a 10-7 win.
“Pasco’s the premier team in the county,” Zephyrhills coach Rick Anderton said. “I think we caught them sleeping a little bit.
“Any time you can get out of here with a win, we’ll take it.”
Trailing 6-2, Zephyrhills (3-3) sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth, capitalizing on four hits, a hit batter and two walks to take an 8-6 lead. Blake Roberts’ two-run single highlighted that inning and Jr Carr scored the go-ahead run on a Fernando Paz sacrifice fly.
The Pirates (5-4) snapped a tie at 1 with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Lane Stancil had a run-scoring single in the fourth and Michael Wilson hit a two-run single in the fifth.
Justin Bedus, the third Zephyrhills pitcher, earned the win. He allowed one unearned run in relief and Roberts, who started the game at catcher, struck out Matt Plourde with the bases loaded for the final out.