An impressive rebound
By IZZY GOULD
Published March 30, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY - Talk about hot, hot, hot.
Pasco is definitely on a hot streak, winning 12 of 13 games. But arguably more compelling are the comeback kids from Gulf.
After a 5-5 start, the Bucs have rallied to win seven of their past eight. Key wins include a 9-5 win over River Ridge, a 9-0 romp at Zephyrhills and a 7-2 win at Springstead. The only loss was a 2-1 heartbreaker to county power Mitchell.
This week has been just as sweet as the Bucs enjoyed a pair or solid victories, including Wednesday's 10-0 win over Wiregrass Ranch. Alisha Maxey pitched her first no-hitter for the complete-game victory, striking out two and walking two.
Perhaps Gulf's strongest win of the week came Tuesday in a surge from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 win over Citrus. The rally began with a Brittany Mayhill single followed by four consecutive hits, which led to the winning run.
"It's basically a culmination of the players discovering their talents are strong enough to compete with anyone," Gulf coach Rick Hohenthaner said. "The offensive and defensive scheme is coming together, and they're attacking the strike zone. The amount of extra-base hits in the last four games has been tremendous."
Hohenthaner noted Amanda Gardner as a catalyst, as she stroked a pair of doubles Tuesday to bring her total to nine.
Gulf is still on a quest to claim the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A, District 8 tournament, which Hohenthaner believes might come down to Thursday's game between Zephyrhills and Hernando. Check out Sports for live coverage.
If the Bulldogs lost, Hohenthaner believes the Bucs could slide into the No. 3 seed. Gulf still would have to win its final two district games.
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Mitchell has yet to lose a conference game with two tough games ahead. The Mustangs host Land O'Lakes tonight and River Ridge on April 10.
The Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy softball team had played four games before press time Thursday when it was slated to play its final game at Mitchell.
River Ridge handed the Braves an 8-1 loss Monday, but Royal Knights coach Ernie Beck had nothing but praise for them.
"I think that Ohio team is a pretty decent team," Beck said. "The pitching is adequate. They only got two hits against, but their No. 33 smacked the ball every time she got up."
Zephyrhills defeated the Braves 14-9 Tuesday. And Ridgewood won a squeaker, 7-6 on Wednesday.
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