Pasco coach Ricky Giles doesn't mind having a little luck. Saturday in the Dunedin Spring Tournament at the Englebert Complex he says his Pirates got a lot.
Despite having two balls drop in front of rightfielder Deshawn Southward and center fielder Albert Jones and two more that could have been caught near second base, Pasco downed Dixie Hollins 4-3.
"We are a lot better than what we showed tonight," Giles said as Pasco moved to 12-2.
Pasco got all four of its runs in the first as Raul Cruz, Daniel Boyd, Jeff Crutcher and A.J. Jones all scored. Boyd (5-1), who hit two doubles, struck out seven and allowed just five hits as he earned the win.
"He's a solid big time player," Giles said. "He always gives you 100-110 percent."
And the Pirates needed his arm and bat because they chased bat pitches the rest of the night and couldn't get anything going. The Pirates only mustered five hits themselves, scoring on a hit batsman and a walk with the bases loaded.
At Dunedin Stadium, Ridgewood (6-5) blew a lead with two outs in the seventh to allow Clearwater (6-6) to escape with a 4-3 win. Tim Decubellis, subbing for Tommy Maclane in center field after Maclane got picked off base in the sixth, lost David Roach's pop-up in the lights which would have ended the game.
A throwing error on the shortstop allowed pinch-runner Gabe Fairnella to tie the game at 3-3 on the next play. Brenden Fuller then drove in Mike Elyward with the game-winner.
Zephyrhills fell to host Dunedin 5-1 in the tournament opener as David Jahn (3-2) took the loss. Peter Nystrom, who recently set the school record for hits, led the Falcons with and RBI double.