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Fri. March 1, 2013 | Rodney Page | Email

CLEARWATER — So far this season, Calvary Christian has managed to do just enough to win. That pattern continued Friday afternoon in a 4-1 win over St. Petersburg Catholic.

After giving up a run in the top of the second, the Warriors answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. They tacked on another run in the fourth then wiggled out of trouble in the fifth to improve to 5-1.

“We’ve been playing well, but we need to pick it up offensively,” Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen said. “Our pitchers have been giving us quality starts, but we just need to pick it up on offense a little bit.”

Daniel Broeseker started for the Warriors and pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and one run. That run came in the second when Colin O’Keeffe got a base hit past second base that scored Dakota Sarafin.

But Calvary Christian came back against St. Petersburg Catholic starter Austin Andrade in the bottom of the inning. With two on and one out, No. 9 hitter Johnnie Schneider connected for a two-run single that made it 2-1.

“That was a big base hit,” Olsen said. “We were down 1-0 and it gave us the lead. He came up big in that situation and it turned the tide a little bit.”

One out later, Dylan Stark laced a double that scored Schneider.

In the fourth, Luis Lopez hit an RBI single that scored Broeseker to give the Warriors a 4-1 cushion. Then Broeseker got into trouble on the mound in the top of the fifth.

Tony Jones led off with an infield single and Max Geller followed with a double to left-center to put runners at second and third. Broeseker was relieved by Nate Reed, who got two strikeouts and a flyout to left to end the threat.

“We’re just pressing a little bit right now,” St. Petersburg Catholic coach Scottie Miller said. “We’re not getting those key hits. It’s early. I’m hoping the guys will settle down and we’ll start hitting.”

Neither team threatened the rest of the game. Albert Cartenuto was solid in relief for the Barons (3-2). And in 2 2/3 innings of relief, Reed struck out four and walked one.

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