CLEARWATER — Through the first four innings of Clearwater Central Catholic’s Class 3A-9 game Friday against Calvary Christian, the Marauders seemed to be one hit from breaking open the game.
That hit came in the fifth.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, CCC’s Brenden Overton greeted reliever Nate Reed with a single that scored two and gave the Marauders their first lead. From there, CCC poured it on in a 10-2 win.
“We were quiet for a few innings there, but that hit got us back up again,” Overton said. “After that things started going for us.”
Things were not going the Marauders’ way through four innings. Calvary Christian loaded the bases in the second off starter David Paul but was unable to score.
In the third inning the Warriors took a 2-0 lead despite not getting a hit. Dylan Stark led off by getting hit by a pitch. He was sacrificed to second by Matt Piatt. Reed and Grant McDaniel walked to load the bases.
One out later, Johnnie Schneider walked, scoring Stark. Noah Brunk got hit by a pitch that allowed Reed to score.
The Marauders scrapped a run across in the bottom of the third. The real damage came in the fifth and sixth innings, when they batted around and scored four and five runs, respectively.
After Overton’s big hit in the fifth, a Reed balk allowed Benito Mendizabal to score. And a passed ball allowed Overton to score to make it 5-2.
It became 10-2 after the sixth. Andrew Murphy, Paul and Nico Dohse had RBI singles.
Paul pitched five innings to earn the win. Tyler Simmons came on in relief. Calvary Christian (5-3) did not get a hit after the second inning.
CCC (9-1) has won nine straight since losing to Lakewood.
“I’m not so much concerned with winning these nine,” CCC coach Todd Vaughan said. “I want to win the last nine games of the season.”
Winter Haven 7, Seminole 5: Just like in their only other loss this season, against East Lake, the Warhawks gave up four first-inning runs to Winter Haven. Seminole battled back to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth before eventually losing the lead in the sixth inning. Alex McGathey started for Seminole but was replaced by Austin Lamoureux after two.
“We battled back after another rough start,” Seminole coach Jeff Pincus said. “Our kids didn’t hang their heads, so that’s a positive. But we had trouble finding the strike zone in the early innings and that really hurt us.”