Marauders stay step ahead of McKeel
CLEARWATER — Clutch hitting and superb pitching were key for Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday en route to a 5-2 win over Lakeland McKeel in the region quarterfinals.
The Marauders struck early and often in the first two innings. In the first, third baseman Jordan Nolan doubled after pitcher Patrick Camporini was walked to begin the inning. Shortstop Preston Packrall then singled to centerfield to drive in Camporini. Catcher James Petika then singled to leftfield, scoring Nolan from third for an early 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats struck in the top of the second on a home run by first baseman/relief pitcher Anthony Dovale to cut the Marauder lead to 2-1.
In the second, however, the Marauders picked up where they left off. Nolan singled to deep centerfield, scoring Hallam and Purcell for a 4-1 lead.
Camporini pitched a complete game; he allowed four hits and struck out seven.
"Pat pitched an outstanding game for us. He made the pitches when needed the most," Marauders coach Todd Vaughan said.
Lauren Burg, Times correspondent