Pasco takes the 9-Mile Softball War

Pirates put exclamation point on series with 17-7 win

Pasco scored 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning and Zephyrhills couldn’t recover as the Lady Pirates rolled over the Lady Bulldogs 17-7 Wednesday night. Pasco swept both meetings between the two teams this season.

It was the season regular finale for Zephyrhills and the loss of the Nine-Mile War dropped them to 7-10 on the season with the first round of the district playoffs coming Tuesday on the road against Weeki Wachee.

“We need to get the errors under control,” said Zephyrhills Coach Kristen Dumont. “Errors killed us tonight. That third inning kept going when we had three errors back-to-back. We need to work on defense the next three days.

“We can go as far as they want to go and make a run for the district.”

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Izabella Mathis reached on an error that allowed two Bulldogs to score.

Pasco answered in a big way in the bottom of the frame by loading the bases four times and nearly batting around twice. The 13-run onslaught was led by five RBIs from Kelsey Kadlub, who ripped a pair of doubles in the inning. The Bulldogs committed four errors as well.

Zephyrhills came back with five runs in the fourth. Timneta Clemons and Alex Bowe-Wooten led off the inning with singles. Bree Henagen drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Bowe-Wooten scored on a passed ball. Aleah Killebrew ripped an RBI triple and later scored on another passed ball. Brooke Lea finished the scoring with an RBI single.

That was the end of the Bulldogs’ scoring. Pasco added a run in the bottom of the inning and three more in the sixth to close out the game that ended due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Amberlyn Davis pitched four innings and only allowed five earned runs in the Pirates’ scoring spree. Bowe-Wooten came on in relief allowing four runs.

Bowe-Wooten went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Mathis had a pair of hits.

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