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Pirate earns another complete-game victory

Ben Pincus continues to pitch well as he leads Bogie to a 2-1 win over Dixie Hollins.

By KEN SMITH

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 1, 2001


GULFPORT -- New Boca Ciega coach Lynn Barber has preached a positive attitude to his players as they attempt to rebound from consecutive losing seasons.

And while a positive attitude helps, what is helping Barber and the Pirates even more so far this season has been the left arm of Ben Pincus.

Pincus (3-0), a junior, threw his third consecutive complete game Wednesday, leading Boca Ciega to a 2-1 victory over Dixie Hollins.

After giving up a run in the first inning on Joe Castegna's sacrifice fly, Pincus shut down Dixie Hollins, at one point retiring 10 consecutive batters.

Boca Ciega (4-3) scored both of its runs in the fourth inning on four consecutive singles. Brad Baker and Pincus started the rally. Baker advanced to third and Brett Sapp -- running for Pincus -- to second on a passed ball.

Billy Weaver ripped a 2-2 pitch off of A.J. Bozenhard (0-2) to score Baker, which was followed by Jut Pashak's single that brought Sapp home.

The Rebels (1-4) put together a rally in the top of the seventh. Dan Deal singled off Pincus and was sacrificed to second by Jessie Litsch. But Pincus struck out Bozenhard and got T.J. Reigle to fly out to end the game.

Barber said he did not think about taking Pincus out in the seventh inning.

"He said he still had it, and I never had any doubt he could go the whole game," Barber said. "He had already done it twice for us this year." Barber said he sees the victory as a sign the team's positive attitude is taking hold.

"Our players have come a long way. They are really learning to believe in themselves," he said. "I'm not sure they would have won a game like this last year."

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