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Pirates' solid pitching stifles Bulldogs, 2-0


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001

ZEPHYRHILLS -- Although Jessie Wilson lost his bid for a no-hitter, his team didn't lose Tuesday's game.

The Pasco right-hander failed to allow a hit until the fifth inning and settled for a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over host Zephyrhills.

Tonight, the rivals switch venues as the Pirates (16-6 overall, 6-1 in Class 4A, District 7) aim to complete the sweep (8-13, 1-5).

Scott DeWitt and Trey Evans hit back-to-back home runs, DeWitt's third and Evans' fourth, in the second inning for the game's only runs.

Wilson (6-1) finished with nine strikeouts and successfully worked out of his most serious threat in the fifth.

Ben Hardy led off the inning with a pinch-hit single up the middle to snap the no-hitter before Chris Griffin looked at strike three and Mark Dunn went down swinging for the second out of the inning. But Wilson walked Byron Stephens and Russell Hartley to load the bases.

Wilson then snared a comebacker by Bulldogs slugger Danny Wardell and threw to first baseman DeWitt for the third out.

"(Wilson) and Trey Evans, they've been class acts," Pasco coach Ricky Giles said of his top two starters. "Both of them are No. 1s. There aren't many teams that can get two No. 1s."

Unlike Pasco, Zephyrhills couldn't get a timely hit or put many runners on base. Other than singles by Hardy, Brad Howard and Stephens, the Bulldogs only had four other baserunners as Wilson allowed three walks and Kyle Watson reached on an infield error.

Zephyrhills' Mark Dunn (1-1), a right-hander, got a rare start and nearly matched Wilson by pitching a four-hitter.

"Mark Dunn did an outstanding job and we played good defense," Zephyrhills coach Bruce Cimorelli said. "We just couldn't come up with timely hitting."

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