DADE CITY — Wearing his Wesley Chapel cap and navy blue Wildcats jersey, Cole Miraglia reflected on a dominating performance, one that would have made Zephyrhills proud.
The former Bulldog, who transferred to Wesley Chapel this season, earned a complete-game, one-hit shutout Friday at Pasco for a 5-0 victory.
Pirates coach Ricky Giles said to the best of his knowledge, it was the first time Wesley Chapel defeated Pasco.
"In the past years being Pasco, we were always in a spot to take advantage (of developing teams)," Giles said. "But the day (has) changed. To them (Wesley Chapel), it's like winning the Super Bowl or World Series."
Miraglia and Co. managed a subdued celebration, taking the victory in stride with seemingly bigger goals yet to be accomplished. Wildcats coach Chuck Yingling took pause to recognize the significance.
"You sort of mark yourself by them and Land O'Lakes in this county," Yingling said. "If you stay with them, you know you can begin to play a little bit of baseball."
The Wildcats (6-0) had the key to Pirates starting pitcher Chris Dious, who allowed a pair of doubles, a single and two walks allowing Wesley Chapel to take a 4-0 lead and prompting Giles to pull his senior after five batters.
The Pirates (2-1) had a chance in the bottom of the first with bases loaded and one out before Brennan Allen hit into an inning-ending double play.
From there Miraglia cruised, finishing with 10 strikeouts, one hit, four walks and a hit batter. He went 2-for-4 with the winning RBI to score Geoff Degroot for a 1-0 lead.
From start to finish Miraglia said he felt strong, blowing fastballs down the middle and using a hanging curveball as his out pitch. He got run support from Brandon Mumaw, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Zach White, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
"It feels great," Miraglia said. "I've lost to them for three years in a row and it feels good to win."
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