NEW PORT RICHEY — In Ridgewood's three wins so far early in the season, the Rams have averaged an astounding 18.6 runs per game. When they score 10 or more runs they are undefeated; when they do not they are 0-3.
The Rams continued their high scoring and behind 14 hits earned an 11-2 win over a youthful Wesley Chapel squad Tuesday night.
"It took my girls a little while to adjust to the pitching, but once they got their bearings down they stroked the ball," Ridgewood coach Chrissy Cooper said.
Wesley Chapel (0-9) took the early 1-0 lead on a throwing error by Ridgewood's Hailey Palmer that led to shortstop Gabie Brown scoring from third. The Rams (4-3) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a double to left-centerfield by Mary Kujak that scored Ashley Squillante and Shelby Bollinger. Bollinger pitched well, allowing only five hits and striking out six.
Ridgewood pounced on the Wildcats' mistakes in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four runs. In the third the Rams added four more runs, highlighted by Squillante's bases-clearing double to extend their lead to nine after three innings. The Wildcats committed five errors.
"Unfortunately we're a very young team with five freshmen and right now we're starting from scratch," Wesley Chapel coach Walter Sayers said.