Dade City – Pasco Pirates (3-5, 1-3) win last week left a convincing thought of victory for last night’s game. The River Ridge Royal Knights (4-5, 0-2) quickly shut down those thoughts however in the first couple innings.
Bryce Braxton pitching. An error by Jose Garcia put Chris Abbott on second and a follow up error by Braxton sets Derek Francis on first and Abbott to home plate. Back to back doubles by Logan Ganoe and Devin Henwood, puts two more on the board. Henwood scores on a dropped third strike. Travis Hawks scores on a passed ball. Ganoe hits a two-run homer to left field putting the score to 7-0 in the top of the second.
The Royal Knights rotate pitchers every two innings. Keeping the pitchers mound warmed up and fresh. Hawks gave up a few hits that led to a 7-2 score in the fifth. The team wouldn’t be deterred by this though. Top of the seventh with Tomas Villa pitching, Ganoe doubles to left fielder Reese Lee. Ganoe Steals third base and moments later Henwood sends one out to left for a two-run homer. Ganoe ending the game by striking out two of three batters in the bottom of the seventh.
The River Ridge Royal Knights (4-5, 0-2) go home to relax and prepare for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs (7-8, 1-2) on Tuesday 4/9. While the Pasco Pirates (3-6, 1-3) head to shallow waters to wrestle with the Land O’ Lakes Gators (8-2, 6-0) who are currently leading in the District on Friday 4/5.