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Holmes an MVP on the field too

Pasco High's Adrienne Holmes is taking up in softball where she left off in basketball.

Holmes, the Sunshine Athletic Conference's most valuable player in girls basketball, is batting .630 and playing excellent defense at shortstop for the 3-1 Pirates.

"Adrienne is really coming into her own as a softball player," said Pasco coach Tom Ryan. "She's got a lot of range and a strong arm, and at bat she's quick and can hit for power. She can do a lot of things."

Holmes also has stolen six bases and has five runs batted in. She helped Pasco defeat Springstead 14-0 in five innings on Monday.

Ryan said most of his players have performed well, and added that the Pirates' best game was an 8-6 loss Friday to Tampa Berkeley Prep, the defending Class 3A state champion.

"That was a real confidence-builder," Ryan said. "The girls know that they can play with the better quality teams."

Ryan also singled out the play of Santrissa Mathews, who is batting .650 and has five stolen bases, and Sabrina Kight, who is batting .440 and has two stolen bases. Also, pitchers Nicole Sullivan, who is 2-0 and has allowed just one run, and Julie Solis, who is 1-1, have been solid.

"We've been very, very impressive," Ryan said. "We've been playing sound defense and we've had excellent pitching."

Pasco plays host to Hudson Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Burks Park and entertains Tampa Catholic Friday at 4:30.

Rams are 4-0: Solid defense and timely hitting have helped Ridgewood get off to a 4-0 start. The Rams defeated Gulf 17-4 in six innings Monday and beat Tarpon Springs 15-8 Friday. Both were district wins.

"We're still making defensive mistakes and we're waiting too long to start hitting," said Ridgewood coach Marlyn Bavetta. "Those games were closer than the scores."

Ridgewood led Gulf just 3-2 entering the fifth inning before scoring six runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth.

Bavetta said top defensive players have been second baseman Amber Martinez, who has 10 assists and seven putouts; catcher Heather Boyer, who has 22 putouts, and first baseman Heather Paladini, who has 33 putouts.

Martinez is the Rams' top batter at .615, Stephanie Voorhees is batting .400 with 13 RBI, and Boyer is hitting .461.

Ridgewood plays today at 5 p.m. at Lecanto and is at home Thursday at 4:30 against River Ridge.

Gulf tops Hernando: Gulf defeated Hernando 8-3 Friday and Springstead 12-2 in five innings Thursday to stand at 3-1. But the Rams are 1-2 in the Sunshine Athletic Conference.

"We're beating the schools outside of Pasco, now we have to beat the ones in Pasco," said Gulf coach Greg Bollinger, whose team lost 17-4 to Ridgewood Monday.

"But the win over Hernando was especially good. They're usually pretty strong and we hadn't beat them in four years."

Dawn Johnson leads Gulf with a .500 batting average and five RBI. Colleen Kahmer also is batting .500 with four RBI.

Gulf is at Citrus today and plays host to Land O'Lakes Thursday at 4:40 p.m.

Cobras at .500: Hudson has won two straight games after an 0-2 start.

"We just needed to play more like a team and we started doing that," said Hudson coach Linda McQuade.

Hudson defeated Land O'Lakes 9-2 Monday and Zephyrhills 3-2 on Friday. McQuade praised Tara Ford, who is batting .357.

The Cobras play host to Crystal River today at 3:30 p.m. and visit Pasco Thursday at 4:30.

"Pasco will be a good test," McQuade said. "It would be nice to hold them down."

Gators slip to 2-4: Land O'Lakes has lost two straight after starting 2-2 and plays at Gulf Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

"We have some young pitchers and they need to cut down on the walk ratio," said Land O'Lakes coach Jerry English.

He singled out the play of Sara Diaz, who has hit consistently.