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4A-8 softball: Zephyrhills listens to coach, tops River Ridge

Zephyrhills entered Friday's game as the No. 2 seed, but left with the No. 1 trophy in Class 4A, District 8 after beating River Ridge 3-2.

Bulldogs coach Craig Milburn had one message for his girls during a batting practice before leaving for the game: make contact with the ball.

"Anytime you beat a pitcher like Lakyn (Shull) that's big," Milburn said. "I went into the game thinking regardless of who we play next Tuesday you're going to see a top-notch pitcher.

"We made contact tonight and that's all we worked on before we left."

Zephyrhills scored all three runs in the sixth inning.

The bases were loaded when Chelsea Johnson scored on a bases-loaded walk to pull within a run. Lacey Cook then belted a single, ultimately knocking in two runs for a one-run lead.

River Ridge had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The first run came on a double by Shull, scoring Marissa Smeltz from second. Later in the inning, a throwing error to first allowed Shull to score from third.

Zephyrhills ace Lauren Pasquale threw seven strikeouts. Shull, who went the distance, had four strikeouts.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

4A-8 softball: Zephyrhills listens to coach, tops River Ridge 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 10:21pm]
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