I saw that too, but Ive been advocating a stronger action rod for pitching for years, and using a low gear ratio reel myself.
Think of it this way: Pitching is like a knife fight in a ticky box (that's telephone booth for the young people reading this). Why arrive at the knife fight with a disadvantage of a soft action tip on your knife?
When that beeeeg fish decides to hit your bait and turn its head, the first thing that you will do is strike, then that soft action - sorry, fast action, tip will just bend and allow the fish to wrap you up.
You want something with stiff action to set the hook and keep him/her from turning their head - you're not there to ask the fish out on a date...
To me, fast action tips are great for smaller crank set ups, like your shallow and maybe mid runners. You want the action, read it now as sensitivity, to show you the action of the small crank. When the fish chomps it, the soft action, sorry, sensitive action, will allow the trebles to be set and not rip them out the mouth.
I dont advocate this same soft tip action to be used for a jerk bait either. Here you want the stiffer rod to be able to make that jerk bait dance, you dont want to loose the baits action because of the tip of the rod
This is why my pitching rod has 10Lb flouro line on it, not a gazillion Lb braid!
I happen to have the exact same rod young Hanro Loots caught the 11 pounder on.
Coming from a Powell Max background where most of pitching and worming setup rods are classified as EF (extra fast) I find that with a lot of my ALX Zolo B and ALX Zolo that are mostly classified as Fast rods the EF and Fast are very similar if not identical. There are not really a set standard between rod companies.
There are two factors involved with the gear ratio:
Speed of the retrieve between casts
To me it is a balancing act between the two. 5.x:1 or lower will have max torque to get the fish out but will reduce the casts you can make in a day due to the slower retrieve speeds between casts.
I would stay away from the 8.x:1 or 9.x:1 reels for this purpose (or any purpose for that matter) and stick with 7.x:1 or even 6.x:1.