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Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin sweeps season series with Springstead

SPRING HILL — Less than a month after topping Springstead on its homefield, Bishop McLaughlin completed the season sweep on the road Tuesday.

Led by Cy Beermann on the mound, the Hurricanes won a two-hit 4-0 shutout over the Eagles.

Bishop McLaughlin (11-5) started the season 0-3 but has since been confident behind the strength of its deep pitching staff. The first time the program defeated Springstead, Andy Olaniel pitched a four-hit complete game. This time around Beermann (six strikeouts, one walk, two hits) finished the complete-game effort.

"Cy has gotten better every start," Hurricanes coach Nick Rodriguez said. "He listens and he really trusts his stuff."

The confidence Rodriguez has in Beermann and Olaniel will only add to what he sees in his top pitcher, David Heintz, as Bishop McLaughlin heads toward postseason play.

"Obviously, our ace is David Heintz," Rodriguez said. "To me, it says we have the patience to get guys out with off-speed stuff with our other pitchers, as well as the overpowering stuff when David is on the mound."

Springstead (12-6) was on a six-game winning streak coming in, but only Brandon Brosher and Julian Perez were able to muster hits for the usually potent lineup, which came in hitting .311 with 10 home runs as a Class 5A team.

Rodriguez sees it as a major accomplishment for Class 2A Bishop McLaughlin to attain two wins over a program like Springstead.

"The real nice part is getting out and playing other North Suncoast teams," he said. "We really want to be able to schedule some of the other schools around us, and Springstead has always been one of the real competitive schools around here."

Baseball: Bishop McLaughlin sweeps season series with Springstead 03/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:15am]

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