NEW PORT RICHEY — Quality wins have been hard to come by for Pasco lately. The last time the Pirates defeated a squad with a record above .500 was March 1, when they edged Ridgewood 5-4 at home.
Against some of the other top teams in the county, though, namely Mitchell, Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch, Pasco is a combined 0-4 and has been looking for a complete game since its matchup with Ridgewood.
And Friday it would be the Rams again getting nipped by their district foe, as Pasco pulled together seven hits and pitcher Cole Stancil allowed only three hits in a 7-3 win over Ridgewood at Larry Beets Field.
"The key was we were able to pitch a little bit better tonight," Pasco coach Ricky Giles said. "The kids decided when they got on the bus that we knew we had to pick it up a little bit. (Ridgewood) over there is the kind of team that if we come back tomorrow, they can 10-run rule you. I'm just really proud of my guys tonight for stepping up."
The Pirates (9-6) jumped on Rams pitcher Drake Hloska early, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. In the top of fifth, Pasco took a 7-1 lead after junior centerfielder Trey Dudley-Giles doubled home Clint Tedder and Malik Johns from second and third base.
Stancil took care of the rest, as he struck out two batters through six innings of work and allowed one earned run.
"We haven't been playing as well as we could have lately," Stancil said. "This game was to show us that we need to get ready for the districts, and that we can do something in the postseason.
"Our hitting and pitching just all came together tonight."