NEW PORT RICHEY — Losing to Pasco by one run during the regular season was tough for Gulf. Losing by one run Wednesday hurt a lot more.
Freshman Kelli Parker singled in Sarah Burchfield in the bottom of the seventh to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory in the Class 4A, District 7 semifinals.
"This was the second time we lost to (Pasco) in the bottom of the seventh," Gulf coach Rick Hohenthaner said. "And it is heartbreaking."
The Pirates (18-7) scored their first run in the first, when Megan Newsome's one-out single to center brought home Parker.
Pasco added another run in the second.
But Gulf (12-12) tied it in the fifth when outfielder Brittany Mayhill scored on an error by Burchfield.
In the bottom of the seventh, Burchfield reached on a bunt and Parker delivered to send Pasco into Friday's final against Mitchell.
"I was nervous," Parker said. "But when you get the hit, it feels great."
The Mustangs advanced to the final by beating Ridgewood 5-0. Courtney Radke struck out 16 in a complete game.
The Mustangs (19-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first and didn't look back.
From the fourth inning on, the Rams (7-14) mustered only one hit off of Radke.
"We didn't play our best this game," Radke said.
"But we will step it up next game."