CLEARWATER — Spencer Trayner and Jesuit abruptly ended Clearwater Central Catholic’s 11-game win streak Thursday night, defeating the Marauders 12-0 in six innings.
Trayner was unflappable, allowing five hits and seven strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
“When (Trayner) has that slider and curveball working he can turn in dominant performances, and that’s what you saw tonight,” Jesuit coach Richie Warren said. “When he’s using that curveball as his out pitch he’s one of the toughest guys to hit in the state.”
With a runner in scoring position and one out during the bottom of the third, Trayner struck out the next two batters and that was the closest the talented sophomore came to a jam.
“I felt dominant out there,” Trayner said. “All of my pitches were working, and my team was putting runs on the board so I felt I had to throw shutout innings.”
Jesuit (18-4) scored at will, and got a jolt from Peter Alonso in the third inning. Up 1-0, Lance McCullers doubled to centerfield and eventually scored after Alonso doubled him home on the next at-bat.
“Lance did a fantastic job of getting on base, and I wanted to get him in so we can take the early lead,” Alonso said, who finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base.
The Tigers exploded in the fifth scoring six more runs, two off a two-run bomb to rightfield by Max Beerman.
CCC (13-8) struggled to find consistent hits against Trayner and never got into a rhythm defensively, committing two errors in the field, both of which led to Jesuit runs.
Jesuit scored three more times in the sixth and totaled 15 hits for the game.
“(CCC) has beaten some quality teams, but we’ve been focused all year,” Warren said.