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Pirates' early lead overcome by Rams

Ridgewood has practiced every Saturday during the season, but coach Larry Beets has given the players today off.

The Rams earned a reprieve by rallying from a five-run deficit Friday for a 14-8 win against Sunshine Athletic Conference rival Pasco.

"We showed character tonight," Beets said.

The Rams also showed some clutch hitting and patience at the plate with 14 hits and 10 walks.

Ridgewood (8-5, 4-3 in the SAC), which beat Tarpon Springs 15-0 on Thursday, has scored 29 runs in its past two games.

Derek Kuryliw got the Rams off to a quick start by following a Dave Hancox single with his sixth home run in a two-run first inning.

Pasco (6-6, 3-3) responded with seven runs in the first two innings to take a 7-2 lead.

The Pirates got four runs in the bottom of the first when two runs scored on Nate Strayer's grounder that bounced off third baseman Aaron McLamar. Two more scored on Trey Evans' grounder that skipped past Kuryliw at short.

The Rams made four errors in the first two innings, which drew a stern lecture from Beets.

"I told them if we don't do something we're turning the lights on (at Ridgewood's field) and running a full practice," Beets said.

The Rams did something all right.

They sent 21 batters to the plate and combined for 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Justin Libecap, Pat Potter, Kuryliw and McLamar had RBI singles in Ridgewood's seven-run fourth.

Libecap, Mike Sentner and Monte Werner hit run-scoring singles in a four-run fifth.

Lee Cruz led off the bottom of the sixth with his third homer.

Richie Hittel (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings of relief to earn the win.