Crusaders' offense stalls in 3-1 loss
FORT MYERS — Tampa Catholic ran into a hot pitcher in Tuesday's region final at Fort Myers Bishop Verot.
Junior Bobby Borchering, who was a game-time decision after running a 102-degree fever earlier in the day, cooled off the Crusaders' bats, scattering four singles in earning a 3-1 victory.
Tampa Catholic (17-8) scored its only run in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. With one out, sophomore catcher Shane Rowland drew a walk.
Pinch-runner Henry McCloud stole second base and advanced to third on a fly to centerfield by senior shortstop William Knox. Senior designated hitter Ryan Hammer then hit a dribbler to third but reached on a wild throw that scored McCloud.
The Vikings (16-12) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a home run by senior designated hitter Anthony Vlahovic. Tampa Catholic freshman rightfielder Cameron Alford nearly robbed Vlahovic, but had the ball glance off his glove and land over the fence.
Bishop Verot pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth, which proved to be more than enough for Borchering, who struck out nine and walked two.
Dan Deluca, Special to the Times